• International Workplace
  • 16 April 2003

Data Protection Guidance Published

New guidance has been published by the Workplacelaw Network to help employers comply with their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. The model Data Protection Policy, compiled by top London law firm Magrath & Co, sets out clear guidelines for the collection, processing, transfer and retention of personal data.

The Data Protection Act 1998 defines eight Data Protection principles which employers are obliged to follow. The Act also creates a number of offences that employers may commit if the provisions of the Act are not observed, some of which impose personal liability on company directors and other officers. It is therefore vital that employers familiarise themselves with their obligations under the Act and ensure that the appropriate procedures are put in place to ensure compliance.

The purpose of the model Data Protection Policy is to help employers comply with the Act by providing clear information to employees about how their personal data will be held and handled and by ensuring that employees are aware of their own obligations in relation to personal data in their possession.

The Data Protection Policy consists of a model policy document in MS Word format – which employers can customise for their own needs – and management guidance to help employers understand and develop their own policies.

The Data Protection Policy, Version 1.0 (£34.99, ISBN 1-900648-33-4) is available as an electronic download from the Workplacelaw Network website - - or by calling 0870 777 8881. 10% discount available to members of the Workplacelaw Network, BIFM, RICS, IFMA or RIBA. Please quote ref. 1440 when ordering.


Notes for Editors

1. The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 25,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See for more information. Press contact: Sam Colella, 0870 777 8881,

2. Magrath & Co was established in 1990. Based in modern offices in the heart of London’s West End, Magrath & Co has links with legal and other professional practices all over Britain and the rest of the world, particularly in the United States and Germany. For further information contact Diane Claridge on 020 7495 3003, e-mail

3. A full evaluation copy of the template policy document is available free of charge to press personnel only by contacting Sam Colella on 0870 777 8881, e-mail