All businesses that hold the details of customers, potential customers, suppliers, staff or any other business contacts are required to comply with the Data Protection Act. The Act applies to any records held electronically - for example on computer - or manually such as in a paper file.
You may be required to register with the Information Commissioner. Use our interactive tool to find out whether you need to notify the Information Commissioner about the data your business holds.
You can register with the Information Commissioner on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website or by calling the ICO Helpline on Tel 0303 123 1113.
The Data Protection Act requires businesses to comply with a number of principles. These include:
For further information on the implications of the Data Protection Act, read our guide on privacy and data protection in marketing.
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