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Information and Privacy Laws

Below are links to the laws dealing with access to information and privacy issues in countries around the world.

 

Australia

Privacy Act 1988

Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990

Freedom of Information Act 1982

New South Wales Privacy Committee Act 1975


Austria

Datenschutzgesetz (Data Protection Act) [DE]


Canada

Federal Access to Information Act [EN/FR] Federal Access to Information Act Regulations

Federal Privacy Act

Federal Privacy Act Regulations

Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulation

British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

 

Council of Europe

Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, 1981



European Union

European Union Directive on Data Protection, 1995


France

Loi n° 78-17 du 6 Janvier 1978 relative à l'informatique, aux fichiers et aux libertés [FR]


Germany

Baden-Württemberg: Landesdatenschutzgesetz

Bayern: Bayerisches Datenschutzgesetz

Berlin: Berliner Datenschutzgesetz

Brandenburg: Brandenburgisches Datenschutzgesetz

Hamburg: Hamburgisches Datenschutzgesetz

Hessen: Hessisches Datenschutzgesetz

Niedersachsen: Niedersächsisches Datenschutzgesetz

Rheinland-Pfalz: Landesdatenschutzgesetz

Saarland: Saarländisches Datenschutzgesetz

Schleswig-Holstein: Landesdatenschutzgesetz

Schleswig-Holstein Datenschutzverordnung

Thüringen: Landesdatenschutzgesetz als Ascii-Datei

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance

Code on Access to Information


Hungary

Act LXIII of 1992 on the Protection of Personal Data and the Publicity of Personal Data of Public Interest


Isle of Man

Isle of Man Data Protection Act

Isle of Man Subsidiary Legislation passed under the Data Protection Act 1986


Italy

Legge 31/12/96, n. 675: Testo coordinato con le modifiche introdotte dai D.Lvi 9/5/97, n.123 e 28/7/97, n. 255 (in Italian) [IT]

Legge 31/12/96, n. 675: Tutela della Privacy [IT]

 

Netherlands

WET PERSOONSREGISTRATIES 1988 [NL]



New Zealand

Privacy Act 1993

Privacy Amendment Act 1993

Privacy Amendment Act 1994



Norway

The Data Register Act


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

1980 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines on Privacy and Transborder flows


Russia

Law of the Russian Federation on Information, Informatisation and Information Protection. Passed by the State Duma on 25th January 1995 (Extracts).

 
Spain

Personal Data Law User's Manual [ES]


Sweden

Data Protection Act 1973


Switzerland

Bundesgesetz über den Datenschutz (DSG) vom 19. Juni 1992 [DE]

Loi fédérale sur la protection des données (LPD) du 19 juin 1992 [FR]

Legge federale sulla protezione dei dati (LPD) del 19 giugno 1992 [IT]


United Kingdom

Data Protection Act

 

United Nations

GUIDELINES CONCERNING COMPUTERIZED PERSONAL DATA FILES. Adopted by the General Assembly on 14 December 1990.



United States

Freedom of Information Act (including Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996).

The Privacy Act of 1974