The Public Sector Equality Duty and Data Protection

Advice and Guidance

Who is this page for?

  • Public sector

Which countries is it relevant to?

    • England

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    • Scotland

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    • Wales

First published: 01 Mar 2015

This is the cover of The public sector equality duty and data protection publication

In response to a recommendation from the independent review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (which reported in 2013), this guidance is designed to explain the relationship between the public sector equality duty (‘the duty’) and the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the DPA’). It provides advice for public authorities in England that are legally required to publish equality information. It will also be helpful for authorities when they collect and use data about people sharing particular protected characteristics (sometimes called ‘equality monitoring’) in order to build an evidence base to support compliance with the duty. 

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