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”.


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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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IT workers

Artificial intelligence roles head up list of UK emerging jobs

13 Dec 2019

Artificial intelligence and tech roles fill the top ranks of the UK's fastest emerging jobs according to new data revealed by LinkedIn.

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Morrisons’ vicarious liability appeal reaches Supreme Court

6 Nov 2019

Morrisons’ appeal against the landmark decision that it was vicariously liable for a large-scale data breach is being heard at...

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Spanish supermarket covert surveillance did not violate human rights

17 Oct 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has overturned a previous judgment it made in the case of López Ribalda and...

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Can an algorithm eradicate bias in our decision making?

29 Aug 2019

It's tempting to assume that artificial intelligence and machine learning can ensure HR's decisions in key areas such as recruitment and performance management are completely unbiased. But there are still vulnerabilities

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How to deal with an employment tribunal

4 Aug 2019

The employment tribunal is not something any employer particularly relishes. Omar Khalil provides some expert advice for HR professionals facing...

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data privacy

Privacy: what data can employers collect from company-issued tech?

26 Jul 2019

Employers could be collecting personal data from company tech.

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cyber-security

Five ways HR can improve cyber security

3 Jul 2019

Incidents such as those at Morrisons and Butlin's show that employees can be a significant risk in terms cyber security. What can HR do to reduce the threat?

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When does keeping tabs on working time overstep the line?

2 Jul 2019

A recent ECJ case means employers will need to more closely track employee time at work. But when does concern over employees' wellbeing turn into spying on them?

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