14 October 2013
Business Crime Solicitor stresses the importance of Data Protection
Data protection is the protection of personal information that may be held by an organisation or individual. The main rules on Data Protection are contained in the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”) which came into force on 1 March 2000.
What is Data Protection?
Business Crime Solicitor explains that Data protection is the protection of personal information that may be held by an organisation or individual. The main rules on Data Protection are contained in the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”) which came into force on 1 March 2000.
The Act established a framework of rights and duties devised to protect personal data.
The Act applies to all people and organisations that process personal data. In summary, anybody who has access to information about people has an individual responsibility under the Act to ensure that it is protected, and that the handling of the information adheres to the eight principles. The scope of the legislation is very wide.
What do I need to do?
Aside from ensuring the 8 Principles and rules are adhered to, organisations and individuals should take note of the following duties:
People or organisations which process personal data usually have to notify the Information Commissioner and failure to do so is a criminal offence.
The information provided to the Information Commissioner is added to a register which is available to the public on their website. The purpose of this register is to ensure transparency and enable the public to know how and why the processing of personal data is carried out.
There are some people and organisations that are exempt from notifications, for example;
organisations that process personal data only for:
- staff administration (including payroll);
- advertising, marketing and public relations (in connection with their own business activity); and
- accounts and records;
- some not-for-profit organisations;
How we can help?
If you are a director of a company or individual who needs advice on how to ensure you or your business is operating in compliance with the Act, please contact us and you will be put in touch with one of our experts.
If you have breached or are being investigated for data protection breaches, we can offer you comprehensive advice and assistance. We are available 24/7.