Data protection issues have an impact on most HR activities, from handling recruitment and employer references to employee record-keeping and performance monitoring. So it's crucial that employers have a solid grasp of data protection principles and law, understanding how to manage data responsibly while keeping up-to-date with legal developments.
This factsheet outlines the Data Protection Act which governs data protection in the UK, as well as the legal obligations of employers and individual rights surrounding access to information. It provides guidance on following good data protection practices at work and offers a practical action plan for organisations. This covers various elements, from appointing a data protection officer and auditing information systems to issuing guidelines for managers on how to gather, store and retrieve data.