What is the Data Protection Act 2018?
The UK Data Protection Act is a statutory requirement for organizations and public bodies to protect personal information by meeting specific standards. The UK Data Protection Act requires all public and private organizations to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if they are processing personal information. Organizations processing such personal data are then legally obliged to protect any personal information they hold by complying with certain guidelines. In addition to this, the Act requires public authorities to provide public access to official information.
Compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 is upheld by the ICO which, since April 2010, has the power to issue a £500,000 fine and carry out spot checks on government departments. The media and public interest in the wake of a number of recent data loss incidents also means that non-compliance with the DPA would ensure reputational damage and political pressure.
How Fortra can Support DPA Compliance
By allowing users to identify key data and make decisions about how it is stored and transmitted, Fortra's Data Classification supports compliance with the Data Protection Act. The use of data classification software could contribute to a "reasonable measures" defense in the event of a DPA contravention.