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The Data Protection Act - Compliance Management Resources

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The 1998 Data Protection Act came into force early in 1999 and covers how information about living identifiable persons is used. It is much broader in scope than the earlier 1984 act, but does contain provision for a transitional period to comply with the new requirements.

The Act iself, of course, is mandatory. ALL organisations that hold or process personal data MUST comply. The problem is, of course, HOW to ensure full compliance across the enterprise.

This directory is intended to help. It identifies solutions and services to help ensure successful compliance, audit and on-going management. Whether you are entirely new to the Data Protection legislation, or whether you have an established DP strategy, this directory should hopefully prove to be of significant value




The Data Protection Act contains eight Data Protection Principles. These state that all data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully;
  • Obtained & used only for specified and lawful purposes;
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive;
  • Accurate, and where necessary, kept up to date;
  • Kept for no longer than necessary;
  • Processed in accordance with the individuals rights;
  • Kept secure;
  • Transferred only to countries that offer adequate protection.
  • The legislation underpinning these principles is extremely complex. It is not suitable for direct devolution to all the (lay) staff/managers who may have responsibility for personal data. Nor does it, on its own, provide a measure of compliance. Hence the need for supporting products and information (such as this directory)


    So where do you start with this complex piece of legislation? What tasks are required? How do ensure you meet the requirements? How do you measure your compliance?

    Fortunately, a toolkit has been developed to assist with all these issues: The DPA Toolkit

    The DPA Toolkit
    The DPA Toolkit is a downloadable set of documents intended to guide you through the mire of Data Protection compliance. It consists of:

  • A tasklist to guide you

  • A questionnaire to measure your compliance

  • A beginners and awareness guide to explain the act

  • A set of DPA policy statements

  • A checklist for you to audit against
  • All in all this should set you well on the way to understanding what is needed and managing the process.

    Further Toolkit Information         Buy It Now: 19.95

    ISO 17799 / BS7799



    ISO 17799 requires compliance with the Data Protection Act.... and compliance with this internationally recognized standard is growing in importance.

    But how do you achieve this? How do you manage this compliance process? How do you know where you stand in relation to the demands of the standard? Where can background and information be found on ISO 17799 itself?

    The ISO 17799 Software Directory should provide answers to all these questions and more.


    The Data Protection Act places very clear demands upon organisations which hold personal data in terms of the security that must be applied to protect it.

    The starting point for security is of course to establish an information security policy. If you have not already got one in place, a pre-written Data Protection Act compliant policy can be acquired from Security Policy World.

    To meet specific demands, it is necessary to apply a wide range of security measures. We have therefore collated a series of leading products and suppliers to assist.




    If you are seeking direct assistance, consultancy or training, CCCL have a proven track record for success. This specialist organisation has the resources to help in most situations.

    For more information and to make contact, please email


    The text of the act itself may prove useful in some circumstances, but the official data protection act site is undoubtedly an equally useful starting point.

    For a selection of books covering the Data Protection Act, see our onsite BOOK STORE

    We hope that this directory has been of substantial use. If not present within the site itself, the links provided should direct you to a suitable source. If, however, you need any further assistance, or have any comments on this portal, please contact us



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