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What is Data Protection?

The current Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the way we handle and process personal data within the council.

This will be replaced by a new data protection law on 25 May 2018 which will introduce new rules on how we collect and process personal data.

  • Personal data is information which relates to a living individual who can be identified from the information itself or by linking it with other information - for example a person's name and address, an online profile, a member of staff's HR record or records relating to individuals such as school pupils or service users.
  • Processing is the name given to anything that we do with the personal data what we hold - for example entering customer information into our IT systems or simply having a completed form or taken notes from a meeting with a client.
  • We have a legal requirement to comply with all elements of the Data Protection Act. Breaching data protection rules is a very serious matter and can incur substantial fines and other sanctions.

You need to be aware of what this means for you if you handle or process personal data as part of your role.