Data protection and your business

How to protect your business

You must follow rules on data protection if your business stores or uses personal information.

This applies to information kept on staff, customers and account holders, for example when you:
• Recruit staff
• Manage staff records
• Market your products or services
• Use CCTV

This could include:
• Keeping customers’ addresses on file
• Recording staff working hours
• Giving delivery information to a delivery company

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has guides to help businesses, including small businesses and sole traders. The ICO is the independent regulatory office dealing with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 across the UK; and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and, to a limited extent, in Scotland. - Guide to Data Protection