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Data protection factsheet

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) sets out the conditions for processing personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the body in the UK that regulates data protection.

The DPA applies to data held on individuals and, within the workplace, this will include former and current employees, casual staff, agency workers, work experience students, volunteers and job applicants. 

What is ‘processing’?

‘Processing’ is defined very widely and includes obtaining, recording, storing, organising, adapting, altering, retrieving, using, disclosing, blocking and destroying information.

What information does the DPA cover?

Not all information falls within the DPA. The DPA only applies to “Personal Data”.


Last updated on 06/01/2017 11:52:57 | #Data Protection