July 3, 2023
The UK’s data protection legislative framework consists of the UK GDPR (the retained version of the EU’s GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations – this article will refer to these together as “UK Data Protection Laws”.
Information can be collected in any number of ways – for example it might be collected from a customer giving you their information directly, for example when placing an order, or giving you their email address when subscribing to a newsletter. If you have a website, the website might automatically collect information about visitors to that website. Have a look at our quick guide to website privacy policies for more information.
All information provided must be concise, transparent, easily accessible and given in plain language.
What is personal data?
Personal data is defined by UK Data Protection Laws as “means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person … who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name…”.
To summarise, if the information can identify a living person, then it is personal data.
In most cases, it will be easy to determine which pieces of information you collect is personal data. In times where it is less clear, more consideration should be given as to whether UK Data Protection Laws apply.
What does it need to include?
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