Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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What is data protection and why is it important

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Data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise, or loss. As there is so much data held about individuals, businesses and organisations, the importance of data protection increases as the amount of data created and stored continue to grow at unprecedented rates. Data protection is a legal requirement and it applies to us all to protect and safeguard any form of data. The Information Commissioner's Office, or ICO, is the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. They set rules, guidelines and issues fines for people or organisations who break data protection rules.

The sharing of data is widespread. In almost every transaction and interaction you have with most organisations involves you sharing personal data, such as your name, address and your date of birth. You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search or buy for something, use social media, or even send an email. The sharing of data is not all bad. It is essential to make your life easier and faster when dealing with websites and companies. The important thing to remember is that your data is your property and it is used only in ways that you would reasonably expect and it stays safe. Data protection law makes sure that everyone's data is used properly and legally. Data protection is important to secure individuals' and organisations' data from use by others for uses that are not allowed by the owner or for criminal purposes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 5 LO 13.3