Data Protection, a funny old world

Absolute VA’s first blog post. Momentous day!

And the subject we’ve chosen to write about is…data protection. Wait, before you stop reading, this is brilliant, clever and very funny.

Starting up a new business takes a lot of time and research. One of the research topics that Absolute VA takes very seriously is Data Protection. As such, we started a journey, of which one avenue was the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office).

The ICO is set out to be, in their words:

“The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.”

At first we were quite overwhelmed by the whole concept.

  • “Are we being data safe?”
  • “Is there a guide book?”
  • “What are the rules?”
  • “What’s the law?”
  • “How much is too much, we don’t want to be over the top?”

We stumbled across the Training Videos page on the ICO website and nearly left it there. Some of the videos are a little…dry. However, as a new business, it’s important to be data compliant and therefore we kept with it.

This is our summary:

Some / most of the videos are poor. Sorry. Either poor with respect to the sound, content or just how out of date they seemed.

In penultimate place is a nice little number which does make you think twice about your data protection habits if you are anything from a large company to a sole trader:

Data protection – The lights are on. Here is a direct link to the video

However, nothing came close to this winner; fantastic, clever and  a very funny video which is nestled amongst some far poorer videos; Tick Tock – Freedom of Information. Here is a direct link to the video.

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Kirsty from Absolute VA sat and watched this one evening, chuckled her way through it once and then watched it again! The script writing, acting and general direction is incredible. It is funny, to the point, informative and delivered in a format that is easy to digest. Who would have thought data protection could be interesting and …dare we say it, presented humorously.

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