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Data protection and employment

23 February 2017

Data protection legislation aims to protect privacy. Organisations using and processing personal data must do so fairly and properly.

The legislation is bolstered by giving individuals the right to know what personal data is held on them. The scope of the law is very wide, creating significant practical problems for employers. The Information Commissioner (the ICO) is increasingly using its powers to take enforcement action meaning that data protection compliance is necessarily becoming a higher priority for many organisations.

This Inbrief provides a general summary of the impact of data protection legislation on employers.

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