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What Are Your Data Protection Obligations?

The Data Protection Act was introduced in 1998 to protect the privacy of individuals’ information. The Act covers how personal information is collected, stored and used. However, awareness and understanding of the obligations that businesses have under this law is decreasing and placing businesses at risk of fines up to £500,000 for not abiding by these rules.

Here’s a reminder of the key obligations that businesses have under the Data Protection Act:

  • Only information relevant to what you need can be gathered
  • The information holder must be told why you need the information, what you will use it for, and their get written consent provided.
  • Data must be accurate, up-to-date and deleted once there is no further use for it. Cloud computing allows you to easily organise and keep information up-to-date across your network from your secure cloud account. Personal information must only be accessible to those with permission to read it and cannot be passed to or accessed by another organisation. Having passwords on individuals’ computers and sensitive data files, as well as training your staff in these security measures, will ensure this regulation is met.

Not only do you need to follow the regulations enforced by the Data Protection Act, but it is important to make sure your IT systems support your data protection practices. This involves having security measures in place to protect personal information and ensure it cannot be accessed by unauthorised personnel or organisations. Reliable data replication and storage solutions are also essential to restore data if lost and ensure access to authorised personnel and to the information holder, if requested.

Discover more about how Serval Systems can provide the right solutions and support to ensure you stay on the right side of the Data Protection laws by contacting us on 0843 636 6700

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