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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December saw the announcement of an agreement between the UK and the EU on citizens’ rights following Brexit. Employers are...

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2018 sees a number of significant domestic employment law developments, including the response to the Taylor report, delayed as the...

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Top 10 HR questions November 2017: Gender pay gap reporting looms large

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Employers have just under five months left to publish their gender pay gap reports. Most employers covered by the gender...

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GDPR: Processing without consent (webinar)

1 Dec 2017

ON-DEMAND| The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in effect from 25 May 2018, will make it difficult for employers to process employee personal data on the basis of ...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2017: Modern slavery statements and GDPR

2 Nov 2017

The requirement for large employers to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement came into force in October 2015 and...

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ICO to offer GDPR helpline for small businesses

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will launch a number of support features to help small businesses to prepare for the...

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The growth of internet and mobile technology has made it all the more important to understand rules on data protection...

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3 Oct 2017

Should you include time spent travelling when calculating employees’ working time? The number one FAQ for September deals with this...

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Data Protection Bill unveiled

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The Government has published the Data Protection Bill, which will supplement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the UK....

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require employers to provide employees with a privacy notice, detailing how their personal...

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How should employers deal with data subject access requests and how will the process change for employers when the General...

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Data protection: Post-Brexit EU partnership plan revealed

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The Government has issued a policy paper proposing to develop a post-Brexit partnership with the EU on data protection matters....

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Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based tech company, recently became one of the first in the world to microchip staff. David...

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Five ways HR can lead the way with GDPR

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While the GDPR brings risks and eye-watering penalties for non-compliance, it also brings great opportunities for firms that use it...

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