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”.


Could a blockchain health record help HR handle the pandemic?

There could be a need for employees to share health credentials once the pandemic recedes. IBM is one of the companies developing secure ‘health passports’. 

Top 10 HR questions January 2021: Home-schooling, furlough, vaccinations

1 Feb 2021

With strengthened lockdown measures in January, employers have again been asking for guidance on employees who are home-schooling.
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Employee surveillance: getting the balance right

22 Jan 2021

Labour has called for greater protections for workers whose employers use software to monitor activity while working from home –...

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No jab, no job? Six Covid vaccination questions for HR

20 Jan 2021

Last week, the owner of Pimlico Plumbers said he wouldn’t offer a job to anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated. Given...

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Ensure workers have right to privacy when work is monitored, says Labour

20 Jan 2021

The Labour Party has called on the government to urgently update guidance on the use of surveillance at work after...

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Vaccination and data protection: What do employers need to think about?

18 Dec 2020

The roll-out of the Covid vaccine has got employers thinking about whether they will collect, and how they might manage data around workers’ vaccination status.

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Seven key employment law cases from 2020

17 Dec 2020

From the leaking of personal data to homophobia and the gig economy, we highlight seven noteworthy cases from 2020 that employers should know about.

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Covid deaths prompt new guidance on release of OH records

10 Nov 2020

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

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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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