If your business handles sensitive data on behalf of employees or customers, a legal service provider can help you understand your legal obligations and assist in implementing policies. Here is some basic guidance to inform your choice of legal expert.
The data protection act is a feature of UK law designed to protect the rights of employees. It ensures the safety of those who provide personal information that may be stored and safeguarded.
Any data relating to individuals – such as their name, address and medical history – that is stored electronically on a computer system or server falls under the data protection act. Data that can be linked to other records to identify an individual is also covered by the act.
All personal data that is stored on a computer is included in the act, but the same cannot be said for information stored in traditional files. However, any data that is currently stored as a hard copy but is earmarked for digitisation in future is still subject to the act.
If you need guidance on your data protection policy and adherence to the act then it is important to seek the help of a legal service provider experienced in this specialist field.
If the Information Commissioner's Office finds you to be in breach of the Data Protection Act you may be ordered to alter specific elements of your data storage system or follow set instructions to guarantee your compliance in the future. If you have deliberately breached the act it is possible to face prosecution and a custodial sentence.
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