Data protection: dull as dish water, or potential hot water? Our superhero HR Manager Becky Mee takes a look at the boring bits as well as the more juicy ones! Read on for 8 questions you need to be asking about your own business, and how you can get help to keep within the law…
By Becky Mee
We’ve all done it…
Data protection is a topic no one particularly likes to think about but it can have real consequences for your business. If we’re honest, we often only think about it after it becomes an issue e.g. we’ve caught someone read handed and we need to discipline them.
The Data Protection Act makes a clear distinction between being a Data Controller and a Data Processor:
Asleep yet? I’m not surprised. These two roles do mean that there are different uses for data and different rules you need to follow to stay on the right side of the law. More information and guidance on this can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website.
Whatever your role is with data and information there are 8 questions to ask about your business based on data protection ‘best practice’ and to help you assess whether you are doing what you should do under the Data Protection Act (as well as protecting your business and client data).
If you have a data breach and need to dismiss someone who you have reason to believe has taken confidential data, then this is not just an employee issue: it is also a criminal offence and can be reported to the Information Commissioner. They then investigate and deal with the prosecution and the employee could face dismissal as well as a fine and criminal record. Scary, but an added incentive to have a full data protection policy that everyone understands.
If you are having issues with confidentiality, or how data protection may be the cause of your business headache, talk to us here at HR180 where our team of outsourced HR superheroes are able to assist. For more information get in touch – details below.
Leeds based HR180 is a team of superheroes in HR Outsourcing, Projects and Consultancy committed to work in partnership with organisations of all sizes to establish working policies to go above and beyond Employment Law requirements, to protect both employees and employers alike. We love to hear from you, so call us on 0113 287 8150 or hit the Rescue Me button.