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Data Protection

At Manchester Metropolitan University we take data protection seriously, and so to help staff understand their responsibilities we will be issuing regular updates on the law and best practice.

This includes ensuring that amendments to student and staff details are updated quickly and centrally, and that the data is checked for accuracy. It is also vital to ensure that changes made are saved and that the correct details are marked as current.

A training module is available and, under the Data Protection Policy, all staff have a responsibility to refresh their knowledge of the Act and how it applies to your day-to-day working. This is important even if you have previously taken part in Data Protection training. New staff should ensure that they set aside some time to download, read and digest the module. 

There are eight key principles to the Data Protection Act:

  • Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully
  • It shall be obtained for specified purposes
  • It shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • It shall be accurate and up-to-date
  • It shall not be kept longer than necessary
  • It shall be processed in accordance with the rights of the data subject
  • Measures shall be taken to protect processing, and to prevent loss and damage
  • It shall not be transferred outside the EEA unless there is an adequate level of protection in that country

Please download the Data Protection Training Module for further information and guidance on how these principles must be implemented by all University staff.