What Companies Are Most Likely To Be Affected By Data Protection?

In this month’s blog we examine who and what companies are affected by data protection. To do this we must firstly establish what data protection is.

What is data protection?

When you give your personal details to an organisation or individual, they have a duty to keep these details private and safe. This process is known as data protection. We refer to organisations or individuals who control the contents and use of your personal details as ‘data controllers’.

Most of us give information about ourselves to groups such as Government bodies, banks, insurance companies, medical professionals and telephone companies to use their services or meet certain conditions. Organisations or individuals can also get information about us from other sources. Under data protection law, you have rights regarding the use of these personal details and data controllers have certain responsibilities in how they handle this information.

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When people think Data Protection we associate it with big global companies involving credit card data being accessed illegally etc. However this is not the case. Confidential or sensitive information is improperly accessed every day, in ways that usually don’t make the news.

Data protection issues don’t just affect the big companies processing sensitive transactions or taking credit card details. In fact, those large organizations often invest substantially in systems to keep information secure. Less obvious organizations who don’t even think they might be a target are usually the most vulnerable. In other words poor data protection matters to every organization Large or small.

Business today is very competitive and work patterns are increasingly more fluid, with staff hopping between companies on a regular basis. This creates added risk that sensitive commercial data about designs, methodologies, processes and customers – can leak from one organization to another.

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For example if an employee gathered sensitive information from a competitor. Think of what the employee could do with comparable information, be it payroll data, account information, or even the details of how you deliver products or services. This shows us how important such information is to keep safe. Companies should enforce non-disclosure agreements in place to discourage any leaking. Another thing for companies to do would be to establish access controls to sensitive information (both in digital and hard copy form) will ensure that this data doesn’t just spread around the office – and beyond.

Another big factor is gaining trust from company’s customers. Customers are becoming easier to lose and there trust is hard to win over. If a company feels another company are not careful with information they are likely to take their business elsewhere.  Even small family business this applies to and keeping customer confidentiality is a matter of respect. Pulp would recommend making customer information available only on a ‘need to know’ basis. We would also recommend calling us to destroy older files and setting up appropriate IT systems to clear information. As mentioned in previous blogs there are strict regulations which will force are organizations to take data protection seriously. Get in touch we Pulp today and we are happy to answer any queries you may have.

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