Data protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that employers follow various data protection principles when handling employees' personal data.

An employee has the right to request access information kept about him or her by the employer, including personnel files, sickness records, disciplinary or training records, appraisal or performance review notes, and emails or documents in which the employee is the focus. Such requests are known as “data subject access requests”.


Covid deaths prompt new guidance on release of OH records

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) has published clarifying guidance for occupational health practitioners on a range of ethical considerations...

Uber sued for ‘automated’ dismissals

27 Oct 2020

In the first legal challenge of its kind, former Uber drivers in the UK and Portugal are suing the taxi-hailing...

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GDPR: H&M fined record £32m for intrusive ‘people analytics’

6 Oct 2020

H&M Group has been fined €35.3m (£32.1m) by an information commissioner in Germany for intrusive data collection and analysis of...

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Victory for campaigners in face recognition case is ‘cautionary tale’

19 Aug 2020

Organisations must absorb the lessons of verdict in South Wales Police case, when it comes to the use of AI and automation, argues HR director.

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‘All views my own’: Monitoring employees’ social media

18 Aug 2020

Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to...

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GDPR: Business needs Europe-wide track and trace cohesion

6 Aug 2020

Complex patchwork of rules and practices between countries is dissuading employers from implementing track and trace schemes.

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How Covid-19 has added to ‘insider threat’ risks

7 Jul 2020

Fraud and data breaches are among the risks that the coronavirus emergency have heightened.

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Could temperature checks turn up the heat on the return to work?

24 Jun 2020

With pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers set to open next month, many more people will be returning to work over...

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Are wearable devices the answer to social distancing in workplaces?

26 May 2020

Could wearable devices that alert workers when they are not adhering to social distancing guidelines help employers bring staff back...

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ICO guidance on workplace coronavirus testing published

13 May 2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance on how employers should handle data if they decide to test employees for...

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Supreme Court: Morrisons not vicariously liable for employee’s data leak

1 Apr 2020

Morrisons has successfully argued in the Supreme Court that it cannot be held vicariously liable for a data breach in...

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Businesses clamour for guidance over coronavirus data privacy

9 Mar 2020

What data privacy rules should businesses consider when dealing with Covid-19?

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Why data capture from employees needs to be ethical

20 Feb 2020

Virtual reality training can be hugely beneficial but the data captured by it must be handled with great care.

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Six essential GDPR steps for HR – Download the e-book now

17 Feb 2020

PROMOTED | As the gatekeepers and processors of employees’ personal data, HR teams have a critical role to play in an organisation’s GDPR strategy.

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Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

14 Jan 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

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