What Are Personal Data?

The Personal Data Protection Act BES(PDPA BES) states that “personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This means that information can either be about a person directly or be traceable to a person. That it should be a natural person means that data of deceased people or of organizations are not personal data.

When is an organization allowed to copy personal data from an ID or make a photocopy of an ID?

Copying Data
After an ID has been shown, the organization may write down the sort of ID and its number. In a few cases, organizations have a legal obligation to copy certain personal data from someone’s ID.

Copy of the ID
An organization is allowed to make a photocopy or scan of a person’s ID only in exceptional cases.