個人資料保護辦公室

Gabinete para a Protecção de Dados Pessoais

Office for Personal Data Protection

Updated:2013/12/02
Question:
Is there any limit on the exercise of right to information and right of access by a data subject?

Answer:
Rights to information, right of access and right to object in respect of personal data processing are basic rights of the data subject in protecting their personal data, which are only limited under specified circumstances. As far as right to information is concerned, No. 5 of Article 10 of the Personal Data Protection Act provides that, where restrictions are provided for in law, or where security, crime prevention or surveillance are causes for concern, or where data are processed for statistical, historical or scientific studies, or where it is impossible to notify the data subject, or where notification costs are prohibitive, or where data registration and disclosure are provided for by administrative laws, the data subject may be exempted from their obligation of providing information. In terms of right of access, Article 11 of the same law stipulates that, where handling someone’s personal data has ramifications on security, crime prevention or crime surveillance, such right shall be exercised through the competent authorities; and where personal data are processed for journalistic, artistic or literary purposes, the right of access shall be exercised through this Office. Apart from that, right of access concerning healthcare data (including hereditary data) shall be exercised by the doctor(s) chosen by the data subject.

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