Lesson 5 – Data Protection Act

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why the Data Protection Act was written
  • Describe the eight principles that must be followed when storing personal data
  • To know what rights data subjects have under the Act
  • To understand what sensitive data is and why it must be treated carefully

Learning Outcomes

All must (with help) create a presentation explaining the eight principles, what rights data subjects have and what sensitive data is.  The presentation will have all the information but may need some improving to bring it up to a professional standard.  (Level 4)

Most should create a presentation explaining the eight principles, what rights data subjects have and what sensitive data is.  The presentation will have all the information and be of a near professional standard.  (Level 5)

Some could create a presentation explaining the eight principles, what rights data subjects have and what sensitive data is.  The presentation may also give information about the Information Commissioner and what penalties can be imposed on organisations that breach the Act.  The presentation will have all the information and be of a professional standard.  (Level 6)

Keywords

Words to learn: data, protection, principles, sensitive

Starter

As a class discuss the following questions:

  • What kind of information do you think organisations collect about you?
  • Do you think that organisations should be able to do what they like with your information?  Why?
  • Have you ever had junk mail, spam email or texts from organisations that you don’t know?  Is it annoying?
  • What rights do you think you have?

Watch this video which explains what the Data Protection Act is and why it exists (YouTube link).

Main

Your task is to produce an presentation (in Google Slides) that will tell people about their rights under the Data Protection Act.  It must include the following information:

  • What data subject, information commissioner, data controller and data processor mean
  • The eight data protection principles
  • What rights a data subject has under the Act
  • What is considered sensitive data and how it must be handled
  • What organisations are exempt from the Data Protection Act

Your presentation should look professional – this means not cramming too much onto one slide, careful choice of colours, good font selection and an appropriate selection of images – not too many and not pixellated.

If you need to remind yourself about the Data Protection Act then you can click here for a recap.

Before the end of the lesson, you need to share your file with your teacher.  You can do this by pressing the blue “Share” button at the top right hand side of the screen, entering your teacher’s name and pressing Done.  This will then allow your teacher to see the file.

Plenary

Have a go at the following keyword games to remind yourself about the act:

On Target?
Penalty Shootout
Walk the Plank
Teacher Invaders
Grade or No Grade?
Hoop Shoot
En Garde