The Data Protection Act regulates how your personal information is used and protects you from misuse of your personal details.
It provides a common-sense set of rules which prohibit the misuse of your personal information without stopping it being used for legitimate or beneficial purposes.
The details of the Data Protection Act are quite complex, but at the heart of it are eight common-sense rules known as the Data Protection Principles.
These require personal information to be:
- fairly and lawfully processed;
- processed for limited purposes;
- adequate, relevant and not excessive;
- not kept longer than necessary;
- processed in accordance with your rights;
- kept secure;
- not transferred abroad without adequate protection.
The Act provides stronger protection for sensitive information about your ethnic origins, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, health, sexual life and any criminal history.
As a company we are committed to ensuring that we fully comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
If you have any concerns about information that we might hold on you, then please don't hesitate to get in contact.