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The Right to Rectification

Right to rectification definition

The right to rectification is a concept in privacy law. Most notably, in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This right lets individuals ask for inaccurate information about them to be corrected.

See also: GDPR

Here are main aspects of the right to rectification:

  • Correction of inaccurate data. If an individual discovers that an organization holds inaccurate or incomplete personal data about them, they have the right to have this data corrected.
  • Timeliness. The organization must make the correction within a reasonable timeframe. That usually means without undue delay.
  • Data integrity. This right ensures the accuracy and completeness of personal data.
  • Notification of corrections. If the data has been shared with third parties, the organization is often required to notify these parties of the corrections made.
  • Empowering individuals. Correct information is crucial for fairness and accuracy. Especially if creditworthiness or eligibility for services are determined based on personal information.
  • Scope of application. The concept of right to rectification is part of multiple data protection frameworks around the world.
  • Digital and manual records: This right applies to all forms of data, whether digital or in paper records.
  • No charges. Generally, individuals don’t have to pay for rectifying their data.