Gender Reassignment and Data Protection

An employee has told you that she intends to transition to a male identity and that after she returns from her holiday she expects you to change her name on all relevant records.  This raises lots of different issues but what are the Data Protection Act implications?...

Get serious about data protection

In HR we pride ourselves on being alive to issues like confidentiality around staff information and probably have at least a passing understanding of data protection and an individual’s right to make a subject access request, probably seeing examples of this...

Knowledge November – Part 4

In this last week we consider the risks of failing to comply with a Subject Access Request and answer some Frequentlly Asked Questions. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Can I require individuals to use a specifically designed form to make Subject Access Requests on? A:...

Knowledge November – Part 3

In this third in our series we look at how you respond to a request and what you actually need to disclose, and what to do if you think the employee has already had it. What if we’ve already given material to the employee? You may have been in correspondence...

Knowledge November – Part 2

During the month of November we are considering the Data Protection Act and, more specifically, Subject Access Requests.  In the first in our series last week we considered the form that requests must take and issues around verifying identity and time limits.  This...