Data protection principles
Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act lists the data protection principles in the following terms:
1. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.
2. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that
purpose or those purposes.
3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.
4. Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
5.. Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act.
7.. Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss
or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level
of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
• Meeting our legal obligations as laid down by the Data Protection Act 1998 and any subsequent legislation approved by the NI Assembly or Parliament.
• Ensuring that data is collected and used fairly & lawfully
• Processing personal data only in order to meet our operational needs or fulfil legal requirements.
• Taking steps to ensure that personal data is up to date and accurate
• Establishing appropriate retention periods for personal data
• Ensuring that data subjects rights can be appropriately exercised.
• Providing adequate security measures to protect personal data.
• Ensuring that the Manager is responsible for data protection compliance and provides a point of contact for all data protection issues.
• Ensuring that all staff members are made aware of good practice in data protection.
• Providing adequate training for all staff responsible for personal data.
• Ensuring that everyone handling personal data knows where to find further guidance.
• Ensuring that queries about data protection, internal and external to the organisation, are dealt with effectively and promptly.
• Regularly reviewing data protection procedures and guidance within the organisation.