The DPA Toolkit is a valuable collection of items and documents to assist in both understanding, and meeting, the requirements of the Data Protection Act. Each item included is tried and trusted in a variety of organizations, across the UK.
The toolkit is shipped in two formats: PDF and RTF. The latter is provided for those organisations which wish to import the documents to MS-Word or similar, perhaps for editing or for adding additional elements. It comprises
The toolkit is designed to help you tackle a complex piece of legislation as easily as possible. It should help you gain the assurance you need for this mandatory requirement.
Included in the toolkit are the following:
DATA PROTECTION ACT TASK LIST
This document is designed to help you determine the steps needed for your organisation to address the requirements of the Data Protection Act
It comprises a step by step task list for those first approaching the act, covering everything from official notification to subject access.
This document is designed to help you assess your compliance status with respect to the act. It takes you through each of the eight Data Protection Principles, probing and questioning your situation to establish where you stand and help you determine what actions are needed to improve compliance levels.
The modules within the questionnaire embrace the major issues and most likely scenarios, enabling you to review your situation and preparedness.
LEGAL AND DATA PROTECTION ACT POLICY STATEMENTS
This comprises possible policy statements for both the general legal situation and also, specifically, the Data Protection Act.
This document contains the outline requirements of the Data Protection Act, listed principle by principle. It can be used as a set of recommendations, or more commonly as an audit checklist.
Although not purporting to be a panacea of requirements, it can be a useful guide in determination of the applicable demands of the act.
AWARENESS DOCUMENT AND BEGINNERS GUIDE
This document represents a beginners guide to the Data Protection Act. It can be used for a general awareness campaign (with distribution throughout the organisation), or just as background reading for those who need to know more about the demands of the Data Protection legislation.
The Toolkit provides a documents and materials to help you get to grips with the Data Protection Act as quickly as possible. It should save many hours of difficult research and help you understand the steps you must take to address the mandatory requirements of this complex legislation.
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