Data Protection Laws are governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. This act dictates how businesses, organizations and the government hold and use information about you. They must follow the Data Protection Principles which express that the information must be:
- Used fairly and lawfully;
- Used for limited, specifically stated purposes;
- Used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive;
- Kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary;
- Handled according to people’s data protection rights;
- Kept safe and secure; and
- Not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection.
For certain more sensitive information, for example, information regarding gender, race, or sexuality, there is stronger legal protection. But ultimately, it is important to honour all information as sensitive as possible to ensure the rights of your employees.
Employees have a right to ask for details of all information you as a company are holding. You are legally obligated to give them the information, unless it is sensitive information regarding the investigation of a crime, assessment of tax, or under some review regarding National Security.
It is essential to be aware of your responsibilities regarding Data Protection. The Data Protection Act clearly outlines the rules and regulations for most cases. If you are a business and you need advice on Data Protection Law, please contact us.
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