Why data protection is essential25 Jan 2017
Most businesses process personal data about their customers. This includes, for example, individuals’ names, addresses, dates of birth and telephone numbers. The volume of such private data processed by organisations has increased immensely in recent times and, as a general rule, any activity involving the handling of this type of information will fall within the scope of the UK data protection regime.
What is the Data Protection Act?
In the UK, the collation and use of personal data is primarily governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. The Act applies to many different types of information and imposes a range of obligations on ‘Data Controllers’ (the person, or persons, who determines the purposes and the manner in which any private data is processed) to ensure that it’s handled properly.
Individuals have the right to access information regarding personal data held about them, as well as a right to object to the processing of such records. Furthermore, there are strict rules regarding the international transfer of private data.
What are the dangers of non-compliance?
It’s vital that all businesses ensure their compliance with the UK data protection regime on an on-going basis. If ignored, the sanctions for failing to comply include substantial penalties and potential adverse publicity, as breaches of the UK data protection regime commonly attract media attention.
How we can help
Kuits is a corporate and commercial law firm based in Manchester, but with a national reach. Our intellectual property and IT teams are experts in advising on data protection issues. Our IT team has particular expertise in software, cloud and outsourcing agreements, and our contentious team has a wealth of experience in handling major contractual and commercial IT disputes, as well as claims regarding the infringement of software copyright, data base right and misuse of confidential information.
If you would like to discuss how we can help your business ensure compliance with the data protection regime, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 832 3434.