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Are you in compliance with the Data Protection Act?

By In News On 16 September 2016


What do you need to do in order to comply with the Data Protection Act? Don’t end up on the end of a hefty fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that any company holding personal data on individuals or organisations in the UK must take steps to adequately protect that data, in order to comply with the Data Protection Act.

Since April 2010, the ICO has had the power to levy fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Who are the ICO? They’re the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

In order to comply with the Data Protection Act, it’s important you understand the Act itself. The ICO has many useful links and toolkits on the website that can educate you and your staff. Take a look at the act here.

The website also features a feature helpful guide to the Data Protection Act.

This guide is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

It explains the purpose and effect of each principle, gives practical examples and answers frequently asked questions.

It also contains specialist topics including CCTV, employment and data sharing.

Now you have a better understanding of the responsibility you hold, it’s important you as a business now use this information to improve your practices.

Luckily for you, the ICO website features a section focusing on these methods of improving, check it out here.

Use our toolkit of self-assessments, training videos, stickers and postcards to help you improve and promote information rights practices in your organisation.

Through the website you can also see what action the ICO have taken towards to organisations who fail to adequately protect the data. For example, they’ve recently fined Hampshire County Council £100,000.

Hampshire County Council has been hit with a £100,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office after documents containing personal details of over 100 people were found in a disused building.

You can see many other businesses and organisations who’ve suffered at the hands of the ICO by visiting the ‘Action we’ve taken’ page on the site.

Our goal is to ensure you do not end up on this page, we understand the importance of the Data Protection Act and can help you and your business come to grips with the legislation.

It can be daunting seeing the figures listed on the action page, but the thought of not protecting data is even more so than that. It’s a serious topic and security is at the heart of every business.

To find out more how we can help please contact us on 01642 049 750.


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