All businesses that collect, store and use information on living and identifiable people must comply with the Data Protection Act. The articles, guides and links on this page provide further information on the regulations and some of the key issues for firms.
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The ICAEW has published a number of guides on data protection and the accounting profession.
Information on the latest developments in this area can be found on the data protection topics page on the ICAEW website.
Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.
Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules
European Commission news release published on 25 January 2012. Includes links to factsheets on data protection reform, surveys and the proposed legislative texts.
Data Protection Act 1998
Full text of the act that came into force on 1 March 2000. It applies to computerised personal data, and to personal data held in structured manual files.
Data Protection Directive 1995
Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.
This is not an exhaustive list of legislation on data protection. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on data protection law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.
Guide to data protection
Detailed guidance for UK organisations, covering:
Information on how to apply the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations including practical examples and frequently asked questions.
Information for small businesses on the Employment Practices Code with links to the full Code and supplementary guidance.
A range of guides and information aimed at SMEs, including:
Protection of personal data
Comprehensive guide to data protection issues within the EU. Topics include:
Data protection and your business
Guide from Gov.uk covering issues relevant to organisations, including:
Data protection guidance
Guidance for professionals and practitioners from the Ministry of Justice on the application of the Data Protection Act 1998, including:
Under cyber attack: EY's global information security survey 2013
Latest edition of EY's annual survey report looking at how organisations are addressing current threats and how businesses can proactively prepare for potential new risks.
Data protection and freedom of information standards
Overview from the British Standards Institution with links to related information, news and publications.
US Department of Commerce Safe Harbor Portal
Comprehensive website supporting the Safe Harbor privacy framework in the US, including an overview, documentation, workbook, a certification form and a safe harbor search service (searchable by state or industry sector).
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