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”.


Employers lack data needed to analyse ethnicity pay gap

Ninety-five per cent of employers have not analysed their ethnicity pay gap, with many lacking the data that will enable...

Local government worker prosecuted for sharing CVs with partner

27 Feb 2019

A former local government officer has been prosecuted for passing personal information about job applicants to his partner.
Kevin Bunsell...

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Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without no-deal Brexit answers

13 Feb 2019

With 44 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a...

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Employees will share data if it makes them more productive

22 Jan 2019

Almost nine in 10 employees would be happy for their employers to collect data on them if it meant their...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

8 Jan 2019

You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal...

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A third of HR teams not deleting expired personal data

12 Dec 2018

A third of HR teams have admitted breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by failing to delete personal data...

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Morrisons data breach: Could the supermarket have done more?

24 Oct 2018

This week’s Court of Appeal decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for a serious data breach by a disgruntled employee...

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Morrisons payroll data breach judgment a ‘wake-up call’ for business

22 Oct 2018

The Court of Appeal has upheld the judgment finding Morrisons vicariously liable for the leak of payroll data by a...

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Morrisons payroll data breach reaches Court of Appeal

9 Oct 2018

The class action case against Morrisons by staff who had their payroll data leaked online by a disgruntled employee has...

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GDPR: Compliance cheat sheet for HR departments

3 Sep 2018

HR can play an important part in ensuring compliance with the GDPR, helping to avoid thousands of pounds in fines...

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How on-demand data officers can help fill the knowledge gap

31 Aug 2018

Data is an invaluable resource for driving commercial decision-making yet a dearth of people with the requisite skills in the...

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How does the GDPR apply to businesses outside the EU?

20 Aug 2018

Organisations are still getting to grips with their obligations under the new General Data Protection Regulation. But if you operate...

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Gig economy drivers on collision course with GDPR

15 Aug 2018

Some of the major names in the development of the gig economy − such as Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers and Uber...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2018 – workplace temperatures and holiday pay

1 Aug 2018

We can’t be expected to work in this heat! This may have become a familiar complaint for employers to deal...

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