What is data protection?
Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.
This could be as simple as a name or a number, or could include other identifiers such as an IP address, a cookie identifier, or other factors.
Is possible to identify an individual directly from the information you are processing? Then that information may be personal data.
Data protection is about ensuring that personal data is kept from third parties to whom an individual did not consent to share this data with.
There are two main laws that deal with data protection:
The Data Protection Act 2018
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for the United Kingdom
The UK Information Commissioner handles enforcing these laws.Read more about ensuring data protection on ico.org.uk