Here’s something I bet you’ve heard before:
“If you handle personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998.”
No matter how many times you’ve heard it, this short statement is one which any business that handles personal information should take into account. Breaching the Data Protection Act can (and most likely will) cause loss of business, major brand damage and a fine of up to £500,000.
No business should lose by simply failing to control the controllables.
Here are some actions which can constitute a breach of the DPA:
- Sending spam texts
- Sending information to the wrong recipient
- Confusing customer records
- Failure to encrypt sensitive information
- Loss of paper records
- Not disposing of records correctly
If you’re aware that your business is not compliant, then I suggest that you take a look at The Complete Data Protection Toolkit which is a collection of resources that have been carefully selected to give you all the information and tools you need to make yourself compliant with the Data Protection Act.
Don’t take any chances, make sure you comply with the DPA today!