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Human Rights

Archives relate to Human Rights in two ways. First, they act as primary sources documenting the evolution of Human Rights and the memory of their abuse. Second, they are important in upholding the rights and entitlements of citizens. The misuse of archives could potentially violate Human Rights, including Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights - Right to Respect for Private and Family Life.

The Human Rights Act 1998 (c42)

The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates into UK law rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. Some of these rights may influence what records may be created and kept, and how information may be accessed.