Small Business Saturday Blog

A helpful guide to data protection for small businesses

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 14:49

Small Business Saturday is a time to celebrate and show support for small businesses. It’s an ideal time to share some helpful data protection guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to make sure you’re handling people’s information safely and securely.
The ICO has launched a beginner’s guide to data protection which helps to make it easy for small businesses and sole traders to meet their data protection obligations. It includes simple tips to help businesses who are just getting started with data protection as well as those who want a reminder.
Almost all small businesses handle personal information and you probably have information about your customers, staff or others that you deal with. This could be contact details, payment information, CCTV footage, website user history, or even more sensitive information such as allergies and dietary requirements.
People trust you with their details, so you must use them fairly and securely to comply with data protection laws. Getting data protection right makes good business sense. It can save you time and money, help you avoid potential complaints and protect your business’ reputation.
The ICO is the UK’s regulator for data protection law, and we provide a wealth of simple advice and tools dedicated to helping small businesses get data protection right. We help thousands of businesses every year.
Head to the ICO’s Advice for small organisations web hub to get support on your data protection journey.


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