Guide

Comply with data protection legislation

Introduction

Data protection laws affect how businesses and other organisations are allowed to make use of personal information. You must follow these rules if your business stores or processes people's details - ie if you keep customer or employee records.

This guide explains the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and outlines steps you can take to ensure you meet them. This may involve notifying the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about what personal information your business holds and what it's used for.

This guide also outlines what you should consider when recruiting employees, managing employee records, monitoring workers and training your staff to ensure they understand the implications of the Act.