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Data protection pocket guide. Essential facts at your fingertips (second edition)

Status : Current   Published : July 2009



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Data Protection Pocket Guide: Essential Facts at Your Fingertips - 2nd Edition

Nicola McKilligan and Naomi Powell

The Data Protection Pocket Guide is a user-friendly guide, packed with practical advice on common situations that a busy professional might experience in their organization, whatever the size or sector. 

The Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 places legal requirements on organizations that hold and use personal information. There are severe penalties for non-compliance, and this book can help you avoid those penalties.

  • Packed with practical advice on common situations that you might experience, whatever the size or sector of your organization
  • Revised and updated to reflect all the changes to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998
  • Explains how you can implement the new British Standard on Data Protection, BS 10012:2009, to evidence your compliance.
  • User-friendly guide that brings to life the issues involved in data protection.

Real-life case studies bring the subject to life and provide useful material for an organization’s training and awareness programme.

This revised edition explains how businesses can implement the new British Standard on Data Protection, BS 10012:2009 Data protection. Specification for a personal information management system, to evidence their compliance. It also includes new guidance on operating CCTV systems, and the use of social networks such as Facebook for business purposes.

Read it and see that compliance need not be overly complex or expensive.

By the effective use of rigorous procedures, your organization can take a realistic approach to its responsibilities, whilst at the same time, ensuring compliance with the law.

Contents of the Data Protection Guide include:

  • Introduction to the Second Edition
  • The new British Standard for Data Protection: BS10012
  • Structure of this book     
  • Notification
  • Exemptions from notification
  • Collecting personal information
  • Using personal information
  • Data quality
  • Disclosing and sharing personal information                                        
  • Transferring personal information outside Europe
  • Using information in line with individuals’ rights
  • Employers and employee information
  • E-commerce
  • CCTV
  • Security and disposal of personal information
  • Sector-specific guidance for using personal information  
  • Audit, review and checklists
  • Contact with the Information Commissioner and enforcement action

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Reviews of the first edition:

"Overall, an excellent book that covers a lot of ground in just 124 pages and provides all you need to know to comply with the DPA and start considering whether you need certification to BS10012 or not."

The Chartered Institute for IT
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“This is a pocket battleship of basic data protection information with which all information security professionals should be familiar when advising or employed in organizations.” ISSG Magazine, Information Security Specialist Group of the British Computer Society

“This is a very good piece of work. It is comprehensive and reads easily. The clear non-technical style reflects what we are seeking to produce in our own revised guidance.” Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

About the authors

Nicola McKilligan is a privacy and information law consultant with experience of advising business on compliance with the Data Protection act 1998.

Naomi Powell is a data protection consultant who holds professional qualifications in both data protection and training practice.


Read more about guidance, books and BS 10012 at BSI's data protection and freedom of information microsite

Standard NumberBIP 0050
TitleData protection pocket guide. Essential facts at your fingertips (second edition)
Publication Date30 July 2009
ReplacesBIP 0050:2004
DescriptorsData security, Data, Information, Data processing, Data handling, Data transfer, Legal documents, Legal liability, Legislation, Law, Organizations, Management IT and Information Management: Data Protection
ISBN978 0 580 67561 4
File Size923.4 KB

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