A number of our parents have become very concerned about data protection after some recent stories in the press about data being lost on laptops and memory sticks. What are the key policies, procedures and security measures that we should have in place to reassure parents that we are complying with the law and best practice?

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A number of our parents have become very concerned about data protection after some recent stories in the press about data being lost on laptops and memory sticks. What are the key policies, procedures and security measures that we should have in place to reassure parents that we are complying with the law and best practice?

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Data protection is important in all businesses, including early years provisions. The media has carried many stories in recent years of thefts or losses of laptops and storage devices containing personal information. All employers have a duty to do all they can to prevent such things happening.

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