It is very important to know who has been designated as "controller" under the Privacy Act, as this is the person who has to comply with nearly all the duties imposed by this Act. In case of problems, this person is responsible.
Controllers are also the most important contact for data subjects, but also for the authorities that have to supervise them.
Moreover, they determine the purposes and the resources for the data processing. The controller can be a natural (physical) person or a legal person, an un-associated organization or a public authority.
If an act, decree or ordinance prescribes the purpose and the resources for a particular data processing operation, this act, decree or ordinance will also specifically designate a controller.
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