The UK Data Protection Act is a statutory requirement for organisations and public bodies to protect personal information by meeting specific standards.
What are your responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998?
The UK Data Protection Act requires all public and private organisations to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if they are processing personal information. Organisations processing such personal data are then legally obliged to protect any personal information they hold by complying with certain guidelines. In addition to this, the Act requires public authorities to provide public access to official information.
Compliance with the Data Protection Act 2008 is upheld by the ICO which, since April 2010 has the power to issue a £500,000 fine and carry out spot checks on government departments. The media and public interest in the wake of a number of recent data loss incidents also means that non-compliance with the DPA would ensure reputational damage and political pressure.
By allowing users to identify key data & make decisions about how it is stored and transmitted, Boldon James Classifier supports compliance with the Data Protection Act. The use of Boldon James software could contribute to a ‘reasonable measures’ defence in the event of a DPA contravention.
- Easily identifying documents that, due to their sensitive nature, require special handling
- Educating users about the sensitivity of information & ensuring data policy is upheld with rule-based application
- Identifying within an Events Log when and where personal data is leaving the organisation
- Flagging users when highly sensitive data is being shared within messages