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Data Protection Pocket Guide. Essential Facts at Your Fingertips (Second Edition) [Paperback]

NFJ McKilligan , NHE Powell
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1 July 2009
Data Protection Pocket Guide is a user-friendly guide for anyone who needs to know about the issues involved in data protection. This new edition reflects all the changes that necessitated the publication of BS 10012:2009, including a new chapter on operating CCTV and guidance on modern dilemmas such as using social networks like Facebook and YouTube for business purposes. All the case studies have been updated to reflect current issues and troubleshooting sections give practical advice on what to do in common situations that a busy professional may experience, whatever the size or sector. Real-life case studies bring the subject to life and provide useful material for an organization s training and awareness programme. Foreword Preface Introduction to the Second Edition The new British Standard for Data Protection: BS10012 Structure of this book Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Notification Chapter 3 Exemptions from notification Chapter 4 Collecting personal information Chapter 5 Using personal information Chapter 6 Data quality Chapter 7 Disclosing and sharing personal information Chapter 8 Transferring personal information outside Europe Chapter 9 Using information in line with individuals rights Chapter 10 Employers and employee information Chapter 11 E-commerce Chapter 12 CCTV Chapter 13 Security and disposal of personal information Chapter 14 Sector-specific guidance for using personal information Chapter 15 Audit, review and checklists Chapter 16 Contact with the Information Commissioner and enforcement action

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: BSI British Standards Institution; Second edition edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0580675610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0580675614
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a very good piece of work. It is comprehensive and reads easily. The clear non-technical style reflects what we are seeking to produce in our own revised guidance. --Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

I started looking at the book in order to review it but ended up reading it cover-to-cover as it was packed full of interesting advice on how to as well as what to in relation to data protection. Overall, an excellent book that covers a lot of ground in just 124 pages and provides all you need to know to comply with the DPA and start considering whether you need certification to BS10012 or not. --The Chartered Institute for IT

This is a pocket battleship of basic data protection information with which all information security professionals should be familiar when advising or employed in organizations. --ISSG Magazine, Information Security Specialist Group of the British Computer Society

About the Author

Nicola McKilligan is a privacy and information law consultant with experience of advising business on compliance with the Data Protection act 1998. Naomi Powell is a data protection consultant who holds professional qualifications in both data protection and training practice.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Small businesses today find themselves in a position of having to comply with any number of legislative impositions. Unlike our larger friends we are not generally in a position to employ specialists to advise us. Therefore we have to resort to the appropriate "idiots" guide, which is sometimes entertaining, but of limited use, or close our eyes and hope that we can muddle through.
The Data Protection Act changes all that, it has real teeth and a bite that can be both painful and costly. I now realise that we are responsible for the personal information we hold and use, and that we ignore data protection at our peril; yet it is so easy to inadvertently contravene any of its many pitfalls.
Fortunately I came across this book, "Data Protection a Pocket Guide" and discovered two authors who not only know this subject but they can also present it in a way that is both readable and informative. It avoids unnecessary jargon and actually uses plain English. Key topics are reinforced with frequent, memorable and easy to understand examples.
This is a surprisingly comprehensive book that addresses the entire spectrum of topics we must know for us to comply with this Act. At around 30 it may initially seem expensive, but considering the assurance it provides, it is extremely good value and a lot cheaper than employing an expert for even an hour. For any small business I think this is essential reading and I suspect it would be equally helpful to larger companies as well. If data protection affects you, and it does, I would recommend this book without reservation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview - Just overpriced 31 Mar 2010
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If you have advanced knowledge in ths area I would advise you not to spend money on this guide. However it is an excellent guide for staff.

This is a very good ready reference for those not too sure what they should be doing when it comes to data protection legislation. There are frequent short case studies which help colour some of the explanations.

This is the second edition published by the BSI and has 16 chapters listed below.

1. Introduction. Who must comply with the DPA, the rules, what personal infomation is protected by the law, when is an organisation processing personal inforamtion, data processors, who enforces the law.

2. Notification. Notifying the IC, consequences of failure to notify, what information is on the register and who has access, maintenance of notification,, notification agencies.

3. Exemptions from notification. Processing for core business purposes, Not-for-profit organisations, Voluntary notification.

4. Collecting Personal Information. Collction, Fair and lawful processing.

5. Using Personal Information. Using the information fairly.

6. Data Quality. Ensuring the quality of the information, Keeping information accurate/adequate & up to date, matter of opinion, correct at the time but now out of date, keep it relevant, do not collect excessive information, keep information no longer than necessary.

7. Disclosing and Sharing Personal Information. Making disclosures, other sharing, special rules for statutory bodies, FAQs, requests from third parties andprivate sector organisations.

8.Tranferring Personal Information Overseas. Who is in the European Economic Area, what is meant by adequate protection, model contracts, binding corporate rules.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but disproportionate price. 20 Mar 2007
As a consultant in the field of information privacy I bought this book more out of curiosity and in the hope that it may provide a few nuggets of information. In truth it is a well written book placing itself perfectly for the lay-person to get an understanding of what data protection is about and allowing the smaller business to be able to move on to make decisions about compliance and how to deal with varying aspects of the legislation in a simple well laid out "guidebook" format.

My main critisism is that it is overpriced for the information it contains, although I wouldn't necessarily let that put you off buying it, if you want more weighty information about this type of legislation look carefully at what else is out there. To be fair most books in this sector cost more than they are really worth (with some exceptions), just make sure you choose carefully and get the information that is right for you and/or your organisation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket guide 5 May 2012
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I have been using this for some time now and have found it very useful to dip into for reference to support compliance work in IT. Although the book does make reference It would be useful from a personal perspective to see a little more on outsourcing arrangements.
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