The Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act is mandatory. ALL organisations that hold or process personal data MUST comply.
This website is intended to assist. It identifies services and tools to help ensure successful compliance, audit and management. Whether you are entirely new to the Data Protection legislation, or whether you have an established strategy, this directory should hopefully prove to be of significant value
The 1998 Data Protection Act came into force early in 1999 and covers how information about living identifiable persons is used. It is much broader in scope than the earlier 1984 act, but does contain some provision for a transitional period for compliance with the new requirements.
The act covers eight 'Data Protection Principles', which are detailed in this section
The DPA Toolkit
So where do you start with this complex piece of legislation? How do ensure you meet the requirements? How do you measure your compliance? What tasks are required?
Fortunately, downloadable kit has been developed to assist with all these issues: The DPA Toolkit.
The Data Protection Act makes clear demands upon organisations win terms of the security that must be applied to protect personal data.
If you are seeking direct assistance, we have identified a source of consultancy and training.
Various books and informational resources are available on this and related topics.