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The Drum's coverage of Sony's breach of the Data Protection Act will be used as a case study. Once you have read the case study you need to reflect on this and how it has affected the organisation and industry.

You should think about the following:

  • How do you think this has affected the reputation of the company?
  • What consequences could this have on other businesses if it was to happen to them?
  • Explain which part of the Data Protection Act you think was broken?
  • Think about your own job role, how do you ensure that you follow the Data Protection Act?
  • What are the 8 parts to the Data Protection Act?
  • Why is it vital that you and your organisation follow the Data Protection Act?
  • If your company was to break the Data Protection Act law what could the possible consequences be?


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This resource was created as part of Jisc funded project to create problem based learning resources for Business Administration level 2. These online resources will be designed to provide engaging practical application of theoretical concepts and legislative requirements, in a variety of work and study contexts.

The resources were written by staff from Business Administration tutors from Hopwood Hall College, and were developed by staff from the Educational Development Unit at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The materials have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution licence to encourage wider use and sharing.

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