Data protection Laws are changing over the next year and they will affect you.  Although not effective until May 2018, now is the time to start getting your processes in place.

What Is Data Protection?

As an employer, you process all sorts of data of data on your employees and The Data Protection Act 1998 details the way you process in a lawful way.

What is Data?

‘Data’ is any information that is processed by means of computer (HRIS) or recorded in a relevant filing system (personnel files).

It has 2 further classifications:

Personal Data which is information from which the identity of the individual to whom it relates can be identified

Sensitive data which is data relating to, amongst other things, a person’s race, any disability, sexual orientation, health condition etc.

Your Obligations

You must ensure data is kept accurate and up to date, be processed fairly and not kept for any longer than necessary.

What is Changing?
Some of the main changes affecting employers from May 2018 will be:

What Should You Do Now?

The Information Commissioner – the body which presides over data protection in Great Britain – has issued guidance on how to prepare for the changes. Amongst other things, it suggests you:


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