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Data Protection and GDPR Not complete 


As recruiters you collect, process, and transfer data about people in the course of your jobs. This means you have to comply with the law about the processing of personal data as set out in the UK Data Protection Act 2018. It doesn't matter whether you are a sole trader with all your participants on a card file index or a multi-national company with thousands of records on a digital database, the Data Protection Act applies to everyone. There is an independent authority in the UK responsible for regulating the Data Protection Act. This is the Information Commissioner’s Office, known as the ICO. 

In this module we will look at the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and explain the terms used, the principles and the application for research and research recruitment. This guidance will help you understand your obligations and inform you about the kinds of steps you should be taking in order to be compliant with the legislation when you collect and retain personal data about your staff or your participants. Whatever the size of your business you must have a Data Protection Policy and keep it updated. The Resources section has a number of data protection templates to help you meet your compliance obligations.

The information contained in these modules is not legal advice. It aims to give awareness of the Data Protection Act 2018 with specific reference to market and social qualitative research recruiters, to highlight significant areas and illustrate industry best practice. For specific queries you are advised to seek advice from MRS, the ICO or obtain independent legal advice. Useful websites and telephone numbers can be found at the end of this module.

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