The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Information asset register

You have an asset register that records assets, systems and applications used for processing or storing personal data across the organisation.

Ways to meet our expectations:

  • Your organisation has an asset register which holds details of all information assets (software and hardware) including:
  • asset owners;
    • asset location;
    • retention periods; and
    • security measures deployed.
  • You review the register periodically to make sure it remains up to date and accurate.
  • You periodically risk-assess assets within the register and you have physical checks to make sure that the hardware asset inventory remains accurate.

Can you answer yes to the following questions?

  • Is the register accurate – could you use it to find equipment around your office?
  • If we selected a sample of software, could you demonstrate that the details in the register are correct?