#TopTenTips for Data Controllers #KeepMyDataSafe

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Data Protection is a positive concept, which holds to account those entrusted with our personal information to look after it correctly. Here are our top ten tips for data controllers.

  1. Only process what you really need; information minimisation reduces risk.
  2. Train, train, train. Data protection training and awareness for all staff, volunteers and executives is fundamental.
  3. Consider turning off the ‘auto-complete’ function for email addresses. How many times have you mistakenly sent an email to the wrong person?
  4. Use the BCC field when sending emails to more than one recipient. Stay safe and avoid the risk of sharing personal information that you shouldn’t.
  5. Treat all personal data with the same respect and security as you would wish for your own
  6. Revisit your privacy policy to make sure that you are transparent about how you are processing individuals’ information.
  7. Check your breach logs; is there a pattern of breaches which should not be happening?
  8. Think ‘data protection’ from the moment you collect your customers’ data. It’s easier to protect than correct!
  9. Schedule regular data protection policy reviews. When was the last one done?
  10. Don’t panic!Our team at the Office of the Information Commissioner is on hand to answer your questions. If you’re not sure about something or need some advice on how the law applies to you, please do not hesitate to contact us on 716530 or email enquiries@jerseyoic.org.