Clear & Practical Data Protection

We help Social Housing providers, and similar values-led sectors and organisations, to build trust and fulfil their social purpose, by understanding and embedding great data-management practices.

CP Data Protection is a UK-based (in the Midlands) consultancy, specialists in clear and practical data protection advice, consultancy and training that reassures rather than scares. 

So, what do we do? 

  • We’re on a mission to shine a light on the benefits of data protection, which is so much more than keeping data secure (though that’s crucial too, of course!) 
  • CP Data Protection will help you build customer & employee trust and help fulfil your purpose.
  • We also help you be prepared to act quickly & effectively when things go wrong.
    [Because, spoiler; they will go wrong and personal data will end up in the wrong place at some point!]
  • We wholeheartedly believe that data protection can be a positive experience; we provide expert tools, strategies, advice and training in a clear & practical style, that turn this sometimes challenging subject into a benefit to your organisation.

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Training; in-house & public courses – click for details

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Meet Clare Paterson, Director and owner of CP Data Protection. With over 20 years of experience in quality assurance and risk management, including around ten years specialising in data protection, Clare launched CP Data Protection with one clear objective – to offer businesses accessible, real world advice on data protection issues.

So many times Clare had heard people’s frustrations that data protection advice was just a reiteration of the law without any practical application. With this in mind she is committed to work with you to understand your business needs and will offer pragmatic advice that aims to largely meet the outcomes you’re looking for, but always within the law.

You’ll usually find Clare balancing work with family life, listening to music (mostly rock & preferably live), listening to podcasts, drinking coffee and eating pasta!

Clients describe Clare as “friendly, professional and flexible”, having a “warm and friendly approach” and her work as “excellent quality”.

Picture of Clare Paterson, looking straight into the camera and smiling, a Caucasian woman in her mid 40s, with shoulder length curly brown hair, wearing glasses, wearing a black top and chunky silver necklace.

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Data Protection Update 2023 – For Social Housing & similar sectors

Our Director and Consultant, Clare Paterson, gives an update on her view of data protection and how it is looking at the beginning of 2023: "In housing in particular, but this happens in just about every sector that I've worked in or worked with, data protection is...

The role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO): From Blocker to Builder

Data protection law is often viewed as a necessary evil, and a lot of ‘red tape’. But this doesn’t mean that data protection officers (DPOs) and other professionals in the field of data protection should be seen in the same light. Instead, Luke Beckley and Clare...

GDPR can be your biggest asset in digital transformation, not an obstacle

Digital Transformation can improve customer experience, reduce costs, and drive sustainable growth. It's not easy, though, with so many moving parts and opportunities for things to go wrong. But there is something that many people see as an obstacle, that with a...

Supporting colleagues through menopause while respecting their privacy

More organisations are talking about supporting colleagues through menopause, which I believe is mostly a positive move, but I am worried that some of the support will inadvertently lead to privacy breaches, which I'll explain below. So I pulled together some research...

When EDI meets privacy

With National Inclusion Week 2022 coming to a close, what will your organisation continue to do to support inclusion in the workplace? Thoughts often turn to workshops, diversity champions, EDI statistics (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), and so on. These require...

Social Housing Providers: Are you ready for the RSH TSM data collection?

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) recently published the final list of Tenant Satisfaction Measures (TSM) questions, that social housing providers have until April 2023 to get ready to start collecting data for - just over 6 months. I can imagine the stress and/or...

Why Data Purpose is Crucial – guest slot on “Get Data Done” on YouTube

Our Director & Consultant, Clare Paterson, was thrilled recently to be asked to join Phil Husbands of Truly Intelligent Business on their YouTube channel, Let's Get Data Done, to talk about why data purpose is crucial. After talking about why it's crucial for...

Customer insight in social housing: How to repurpose data safely & lawfully.

Customer insight Customer insight in the social housing sector is a key aim amongst many housing associations; we want to better understand our customers and better serve them. However, in a recent discussion about repurposing and combining data in the social housing...

"We absolutely loved it! I love the informality of the way you run training and when you get a good group on debating and asking questions, then that benefits everyone!"

LB - Attendee at the live EDI meets Privacy Training

"I have felt such benefit from the desk top review and the VIP day - I feel my knowledge and confidence to Data protection has developed significantly! "

Kirsty McAllister - Director of Operations - TDAS

"It was interesting to understand the process and how links are developed that sometimes cause more problems. Picking the bones out of things and understanding how to piece them back together effectively is a challenge, But Clare explained the thought process behind decisions which highlighted better outcomes."

believe housing

"I worked with Clare whilst she put into place a comprehensive GDPR training and policy refresh for my organisation. Clare is organised, reliable and knowledgeable. Her presentations and policy work are excellent quality and she brings a warm and professional manner to all her work. Clare is generous with her time and knowledge and is a pleasure to work with - I highly recommend her."

Naomi - Chief Executive - JWA

Any questions?

If you have any questions about data protection, book a free 15 mins call!

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