Data Protection

Right to object to automated processing

Individuals have the right not to be subject to automated processing, including profiling.

Individuals have the right to object to any decisions that are made by purely automated means. For example if a computer programme was used to assess someone's eligibility for a course and reject an individual without any human intervention taking place. This is more common within credit scoring industries and not likely to affect practices at the University. The right is for a human to assess that decision independently.

This right is applicable if:

  • the automated processing results in a decision with a legal or similarly significant effect on the individual

This right does not apply if the decisions resulting from the automated processing:

  • are necessary for entering into or the performance of a contract between the individual and the University
  • are authorised by UK or EU law
  • are based on the individual’s explicit consent