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.
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Reform of EU data protection rules
Summary of the changes to data protection law in the EU. The new regulation entered into force on 24 May 2016 and will apply from 25 May 2018. The site includes factsheets on data protection reform.
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:
Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): 12 steps to take now
Guidance published in March 2016 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Further guidance to help businesses prepare for the GDPR, due to come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018, is also available.
Code of practice on use of CCTV by employers with special reference to CCTV in pubs.
Information on how to apply the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, with 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.
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:
Being monitored at work: workers' rights
Guide from GOV.UK for employees monitored through CCTV, bag searches, email checking and other methods.
Data protection guidance
Guidance from the Ministry of Justice on the application of the Data Protection Act 1998, including:
European document retention guide (PDF 9.18mb/384 pages)
Detailed guide to records management in Europe from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Compares legal requirements for data protection across 16 countries. Published October 2014.
The state of cyber resilience: EY's global information security survey 2016
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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