All data or information that relates to an identifiable individual that your business stores or handles needs to be properly protected. From financial information and payment details to contact information for your staff, personal data usage in the UK is protected by law.

Dealing with data is an ever-evolving matter in your business. Whether you’re signing new contracts with suppliers, launching an email campaign or expanding your team, data protection and security should be a priority.

And, if you’re looking to start your own business, it’s helpful to prepare for data protection early in your business planning stage. This way you can hit the ground running without having to worry about any potential data compliance issues.

We’ll delve into the world of data to explain what all small business owners and the self-employed need to keep in mind, answering the following frequently asked questions:

  • What is the Data Protection Act?
  • How can data protection affect a small business?
  • What is personal data?
  • What is a data protection officer? Do I need one?
  • What is a data protection policy?
  • I’ve received a data request – what do I do?
  • How can I stay safe with third-party data?

More resources from FSB

Business Basics: Dealing with data
Document Thu, 13 May 2021

Business Basics: Dealing with data

Download our free guide to data protection for everything you need to know about keeping data secure in your small business

Why is data protection so important?
Article Thu, 13 May 2021

Why is data protection so important?

Our data experts from FSB Legal Protection Scheme explain how data protection is important to a business, the penalties for failure and the help available to businesses.

Five reasons why you need a business password policy
Article Wed, 17 March 2021

Five reasons why you need a business password policy

From preventing unauthorised access to your accounts to helping your team to understand their responsibilities, learn how a password policy can strengthen your defences against cybercrime.