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Published by Anonymous for Chartered Institute of Housing in Housing and also in Local Government

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15 October, CIH Office, London

In February 2014 the Information Commissioner published a report highlighting the areas social housing providers should improve in order to effectively comply with the Data Protection Act. He further highlighted the issues faced at the annual CIH Housing Conference in June stating:

“Tenants’ trust is one of the sector’s most valuable resources, and shouldn’t be squandered on preventable breaches.”

With extremely large amounts of sensitive personal data being held by housing providers it is essential they have a secure data protection regime. This event will dispel the myths, navigate delegates through the minefield of legislation surrounding data prevention and help organisations avoid the pitfalls. Delegates will learn from legal experts on how to apply the Data Protection Act in a controlled and practical way that reduces the associated risks.

The introduction of flexible working methods including homeworking and bringing your own IT device has bought with them greater challenges in data protection. Delegates will gain expert advice on what measures can be put in place to prevent data breaches.

As the volume of data increases traditional methods of processing the data have become redundant. Big data needs more sophisticated methods of analysis in order to help organisations make better informed decisions about the services they offer. HouseMark will share details of their latest big data project and how it is helping to shape business intelligence.

Housing associations, unlike local authorities, have limited statutory powers to access data which can sometimes hinder counter-fraud data sharing. To make sure local authorities and housing associations share data in line with the Data Protection Act a tenancy fraud expert will share some good practice measures which can be adopted.

According to the Information Commissioners Office around 80% of data security incidents involve staff and there is therefore a clear need to ensure robust training around data protection is in place across the organisation. Delegates will hear how to input a training system to minimise the possibility of a breach.

Delegates will have the opportunity to put their questions to the panel who can help them tackle their individual data protection issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring with them examples of data protection work that they need guidance on.

Download the event programme and book your place now at


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