Company directors and managers must ensure that their organizations are fully compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998. Failure to comply would put their company at risk to prosecution, hefty fines and adverse publicity. This guide provides comprehensive coverage of the Data Protection Act 1988 and what it means for businesses. Illustrative examples highlight best practice and how to avoid the possible pitfalls. "A Practical Guide to Data Protection" shows you how to ensure that the correct procedures and operations are set up and followed. Utilizing features such as pro-forma documentation, templates and tips for recording the origin of data, the text aims to help you deal with day-to-day problems and answer questions such as: what records should my employees have access to?; how do I ensure that, when I buy third party lists, they comply with the Act?; what level of security do I have to put in place for databases?; what restrictions are there in transferring data abroad?; what are the notices and consents that I have to put in place prior to a direct marketing campaign?; and what are the procedures for dealing with third parties?