Do you protect the personal data which your business holds properly? The Data Protection Act 1998 can be complicated. In June, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said it is very concerned about breaches of data protection rights by the NHS.

Last month two NHS Foundation Trusts were the latest NHS bodies found to have breached the Data Protection Act 1998. Both NHS organisations’ chief executives have had to sign formal undertakings that they will comply with the law from now on. One quarter (250) of all data breaches reported to the ICO is from the NHS but many private businesses are also at fault.

We can advise you what procedures you need in place when handling employee HR records and customer details, what you have to do to engage in lawful email marketing and what privacy policies you need on your website and in your business. Most businesses need to register and pay an annual fee to the Information Commissioner’s office under the data protection laws and fines can be heavy after they were increased earlier this year.

For further advice please contact Cathy Cook at Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Office.

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