Data Protection Policy

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An important aspect of managing data protection within your organisation is having a clear understanding of how you plan on managing data protection risk.  A data protection policy will help your organisation to define how it will approach data protection and provide colleagues with a clear outline of what is expected of them when data protection issues arise.

There is no standard content for a data protection policy, but it should include high-level principles and rules for your organisation, and it might refer to the procedures and practices, such as data breach or subject access request procedures, but it will not replace these procedures.

Some suggestions of what to include in your policy:

This is not a complete list and there may be overlaps with other policies, so it is best to ensure that all policies are reviewed in line with any changes.

Finally, it is imperative that policy is clear and understandable ant that all staff read and understand it regularly.