Ditch the data demon
Data protection - we've all heard about it, but do we really know our responsibilities when it comes to keeping information safe and secure?
We all use information on a daily basis and most of us will come into contact with other people's personal or sensitive data at some point.
Whether that's just names, ages and addresses or highly sensitive details of their medical or social care history, it all needs to be dealt with properly.
These pages give you an overview of what you need to know when working with and handling personal or sensitive information.
Why is it important to look after personal data?
Lost, stolen or leaked data can have serious consequences for the council, our employees and the public.
Recent high profile mistakes that other councils have made include lost USB sticks, confidential information dumped in skips and laptops left on trains.
Privacy breaches can lead to fines, bad press, damaged reputation, loss of trust and for employees possible disciplinary action.
That's why it is in all of our interests to handle data safely. Data privacy is relevant to − and the responsibility of − everyone in Derbyshire County Council.
What is confidential, personal or sensitive information?
Confidential data is information you have about a living person who can be identified either:
(a) just from that data, or
(b) from a combination of that data and other information in your possession. Confidential personal data includes:
Date of birth
Current and previous address
Address type (home, rented, temporary)
Start date at current address
Start and end date at previous address
Evening/daytime/mobile telephone numbers
Sensitive personal information
Some personal data is classed as sensitive personal data. Personal data becomes sensitive if it includes any of the following information:
Racial or ethnic origin
Trade union membership
Physical or mental health
This type of information can only be handled under certain circumstances.
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The following documents are in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.
- Safe Haven Guidance (1016KB)
- Secure Desk Policy (917KB)
- ICT Security Policy (978KB)
- Corporate Records Management Policy (920KB)
- Data protection and storage media handling procedures (901KB)
- Information and Systems Access Procedures (903KB)
- Information Backup and Restore Procedures (930KB)
- Information Systems Development and Maintenance Procedures (906KB)
- Operational management policy (956KB)
- Ditch the Data Demon leaflet (141KB)