9 November 2016
Traditional insurance policies will respond to the physical loss or damage you might suffer while the business interruption element will compensate you for the lost profits as a result or provide a lump sum which will allow you to continue trading from alternative premises. However the key word here is “physical” – there has to be a loss of tangible assets. Your systems, electronic data and software programmes are non-physical and therefore not covered by these policies.Read more...
2 November 2016
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) sets out how personal data must be handled and has eight key principles – click here to read the full list of principles
It is the Data Controller who is responsible for ensuring that these principles are complied with. The Data Controller is defined as, “a person or organisation that makes decisions in regard to personal data, including decisions regarding the purposes for which and the manner in which personal data may be processed.” As a business using client data, this refers to you. Please note that even if the data of your customers is being handled by a third party, you remain responsible for it and a breach of any of these principles can result in a fine of up to £500,000, even though the fault may have been caused by your IT provider or another organisation providing outsourced services.Read more...