I am sure you will agree that running a business is never simple. Rules, regulations and end endless ‘red-tape’ – they never seem to stop!
Recent research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that ‘nearly a third (27%) of small firms that wanted to expand indicated that the proposed increase in company regulation created difficulty in doing so. Of businesses planning to downsize or close, half said that regulatory burdens were very important in that decision.’
One piece of ‘red tape’ that affects nearly every company in the UK is the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
This applies to all organisations that hold or process personal data. From April 2010, the powers of the Information Commissioner who is the regulator for the DPA have been strengthened to include fines of up to £500k for organisations that are in breach of the legislation.
Our research shows many directors of small companies believe that they are exempt from compliance to the Data Protection Act. This is usually not the case and with a very few exceptions, if you store and process information on your staff, partner and customers; your company must comply with the DPA.
The IT Governance Complete Data Protection Toolkit provides a complete low-cost solution to ensure that your organisation achieves compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998) as soon as possible.
The Complete Data Protection Toolkit consists of:
To ensure your compliance to the Data Protection Act (1998) and to avoid the risk of a costly fine from the Information Commissioner…
P.S. Special rules cover the use of personal information for telephone, fax and email direct marketing. These are part of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PERC) and are discussed in the Data Protection Compliance in the UK – Pocket Guide (included in this kit!