Certain personal data are more sensitive than others. An individual's name and address are rather innocent data, but this does not hold true for his political opinions, sexual preferences or judicial past. The Privacy Act regulates registration and use of those sensitive data more strictly in comparison with other personal data.
Sensitive data relate to race, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, sex life, suspicions, persecutions and criminal or administrative convictions. In principle, processing such data is prohibited.
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