Data protection issues have an impact on most HR activities, from handling recruitment and employer references to employee record-keeping and performance monitoring. As such, 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 focuses on the legal position on data protection, examining the main legislation governing data protection in the UK, as well as the legal obligations and rights surrounding access to information. It provides guidance on how employers can follow 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 while complying with the Data Protection Act 1998.

CIPD viewpoint

What is data protection?

The legal position

Data protection at work

Action plan for employers

References

Useful contacts and further reading

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