Data Protection Code launched

Ground rules setting out employee access to their records will become
available from this month onwards.

The office of the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth France, will publish
the Employment Practices Data Protection Code in stages over the next few

The code will cover four areas: recruitment selection, general record
management, monitoring within the workplace and genetic and drug testing of

While not all of the code will be legally binding, it outlines what the
commissioner believes is best practice for employers wishing to comply with the
Data Protection Act.

The part of the DPA relating to manual records, including e-mail monitoring
and the interception of phone calls, came into force in October last year.

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