Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights and makes provision with respect to holders of certain judicial offices who become judges of the European Court of Human Rights.

Over-interference in a person's human rights by public authorities and those acting on their behalf is a constant threat to the way public body computer systems and networks are configured...

Privacy and freedom of expression

The Human RightsAct 1998 sets out a person’s right to privacy and freedom of expression, and has been tested in the European Court of Human Rights as well as in domestic courts.

Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and correspondence. Public authorities cannot interfere with this right except in accordance with the law, including national security, public safety, economic well-being and the freedom of others.

Interference of human rights using via technology can take place at many different levels. For example:

  • Interception of personal telephone calls at work without lawful authority;

Data sharing

Companies acting on behalf of the public body will also be required to comply with the Human Rights Act 1998. For example, cross referencing of publicly-held records such as Council Tax, Housing Benefit, and TV licensing is often carried out by the private sector. The Public Body will require its outsourcing contracts to take into account Human Rights responsibilities.

Supervision and enforcement

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing human rights in the UK.


Human Rights Act 1998