A new data protection self assessment toolkit (Toolkit) has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to evaluate and improve their compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

The Toolkit includes checklists on data protection assurance, records management, information security, data sharing and subject access, and direct marketing. It also provides background information and guidance to assist with checklist responses.

Once the assessment has been completed, a compliance rating is automatically produced together with detailed suggestions and links to relevant ICO guidance for areas where compliance could be improved.

The Toolkit can be found on the ICO’s website: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/improve-your-practices/data-protection-self-assessment-toolkit/

Please note that the above does not constitute legal advice.