Data Security Policy

Data Security Policy


See also: the practice Confidentiality Policy and the Data protection Policy

  • All staff employment contracts contain a confidentiality clause.
  • Access to personal data is on a “need to know” basis only.
  • Access to information is monitored and breaches of security will not be tolerated and may lead to staff dismissal.t Name
  • Procedures are in place to ensure that personal data is regularly reviewed, updated and deleted in a confidential secure manner when no longer required.

Physical security measures

  • Personal data is only taken away from the practice premises in exceptional circumstances and when authorised by Christina Chatfield data controller
  • If personal data is taken from the premises it must never be left unattended in a car or in a public place.
  • All Records are kept in lockable fireproof cabinets.
  • Efforts have been made to secure the practice against theft by, for example, the use of intruder alarms, lockable windows and doors.
  • The practice has in place a business continuity plan in case of a disaster. This includes procedures set out for protecting and restoring personal data.

Information held on computer

  • Appropriate software controls are used to protect computerised records, e.g the use of passwords and encryption. Passwords are only known to those who require access to the information, are changed on a regular basis and are not written down or kept near or on the computer for others to see
  • Daily and weekly back-ups of computerised data are taken and stored in a fireproof container, cloud based or off-site. Back-ups are also tested at prescribed intervals to ensure that the information being stored is usable should it be needed
  • Staff using practice computers will undertake computer training to avoid unintentional deletion or corruption of information
  • Dental computer systems all have a full audit trail facility preventing the erasure or overwriting of data. The system records details of any amendments made to data, who made them and when
  • Precautions are taken to avoid loss of data through the introduction of computer viruses
  • Each staff member should use their own unique log in.

This statement has been issued to existing staff with access to personal data at the practice and will be given to new staff during induction.  Should any staff have concerns about the security of personal data within the practice they should contact Christina Chatfield data controller.

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