According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), employers must notify their employees if they intend to access the newly created National Staff Dismissal Register. The database, which holds information on employees who have previously been dismissed on the grounds of theft or fraud, operates as part of an initiative by the Action Against Business Crime (AABC) in an attempt to reduce industry’s losses incurred from staff theft or fraud. Organizations must inform employees before checking the database as well as before entering an employee’s details, which can also include details of ongoing investigations. Although the database has been criticized, the ICO assured that data protection concerns have adequately been addressed in order to prevent misuse of the data contained in the register.

Further information is available under the ICO’s Data Protections FAQs at:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/faqs/data_protection_for_the_public.aspx#f4B62C0B5-ADAE-45F3-84FCB8B2585FA38A.