POA Circulars

117 | 09.09.2010

Data protection Act 1998

Many of you will have dealt with members who have raised a grievance or complained about the manner in which their personal information (data) has been stored or processed by the employer. The POA as a Trade Union and an employer has to comply with the same eight principles set out in Schedule 1 of the Act when dealing with personal data.

The Union has been open to criticism in the past from members and we have had to respond to complaints made to the Information Commissioner regarding our handling of data.

The purpose of this Circular is to remind branch officials of our and their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.  For ease of reference I have attached the eight principles for dealing with personal information and some guidance notes.  More information about the Act can be obtained from www.ico.gov.uk

Thanking you in anticipation of your support.


Yours sincerely

General Secretary


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