Data Security – General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the existing Data Protection Act and will apply from 25 May 2018. Whilst there are similarities between the Data Protection Act and the GDPR, there are some new elements and significant enhancements. The new GDPR will require all organisations that deal with individuals living in an EU member state to protect the personal information belonging to those individuals and to have verified proof of such protection.

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Data Security – Data Protection Act

Many businesses are totally reliant on the data stored on their PCs, laptops, networks, mobile devices and in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information. Here we look at some of the key compliance issues surrounding data protection and the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act). The Data Protection Act will be superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

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Data Security – Data Loss Risk Reduction

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices or in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information. Here we look at some of the issues to consider when reviewing the security of your computer systems, and how to minimise the risks of data loss.

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Data Security – Cloud and Outsourcing

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices or in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information. We have a related factsheet which covers the conventional data security considerations.

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Data Security – Backup

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices and in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information. Here we look at some of the issues to consider when reviewing the security of your computer systems and data.

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Data Security – Access

Many businesses are now completely reliant on the data stored on their Network Servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices and cloud service providers or internet service providers. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information. Here we look at some of the issues to consider when reviewing the security of your computer systems with respect to access controls, and to ensure compliance with Principle 7 of the Data Protection Act.

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Pensions – Tax Treatment on Death

Alongside the changes from April 2015 to the access of pension funds, significant changes were made to the tax treatment of pension funds on death. This factsheet summarises the rules which may allow a pension fund to pass free of all taxes on the estate of the deceased and free of all taxes on the beneficiaries of the pension fund.

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Pensions – Tax Reliefs

There are two broad types of pension schemes from which an individual may eventually be in receipt of a pension: workplace pension schemes and personal pension schemes. A workplace pension scheme may either be a defined benefit scheme or a money purchase scheme.

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Pensions – Automatic Enrolment

Automatic enrolment places duties on employers to automatically enrol ‘workers’ into a work based pension scheme. The main duties are assessing the types of workers in the business, providing a qualifying automatic enrolment pension scheme for the relevant workers, writing to most of their workers explaining what automatic enrolment into a workplace pension means for them, automatically enrolling all ‘eligible jobholders’ into the scheme and paying employer contributions and completing the declaration of compliance and keeping records.

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Payroll Real Time Information

We set out below details of how payroll information has to be submitted to HMRC under Real Time Information (RTI). Under RTI, employers or their agents are required to make regular payroll submissions for each pay period during the year, detailing payments and deductions made from employees each time they are paid. There are two main returns which an employer needs to make which are detailed below.

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