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Information and data compliance PEDP


Implementing and promoting compliance with information and data management legislation.

SFIA 9 is in development

  • SFIA 9 beta due in early July 2024
  • SFIA 9 planned for publication October 2024

This is a prototype for SFIA 9. It is subject to change before publication.

Guidance notes


Includes legislation regulating the holding, use and disclosure of personal data.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • providing expert advice on policies, procedures and governance
  • designing privacy-friendly products, services and systems that respect customer privacy and embed data protection
  • performing impact assessments, identify risks whilst enabling prudent use of data and addressing issues with products and services
  • responding to incidents
  • following legislative developments
  • creating risk models and frameworks
  • working with subject matter experts in areas such as, but not limited to, legal, public relations, learning and development, procurement, security, data management, architecture.

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Where lower levels are not defined...

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Where lower levels are not defined...

You can develop your knowledge and support others who do have responsibility in this area by:

  • Learning key concepts and principles related to this skill and its impact on your role
  • Performing related skills (see the related SFIA skills)
  • Supporting others with tasks (generic examples are provided by the essence statements for each level)

Where higher levels are not defined...

  • You can progress by developing related skills which are better suited to higher levels of organisational leadership.


Defined at these levels: 4 5 6

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Level 1

Level 1 - Follow: Essence of the level: Performs routine tasks under close supervision, follows instructions, and requires guidance to complete their work. Learns and applies basic skills and knowledge.

Level 2

Level 2 - Assist: Essence of the level: Provides assistance to others, works under routine supervision, and uses their discretion to address routine problems. Actively learns through training and on-the-job experiences.

Level 3

Level 3 - Apply: Essence of the level: Performs varied tasks, sometimes complex and non-routine, using standard methods and procedures. Works under general direction, exercises discretion, and manages own work within deadlines. Proactively enhances skills and impact in the workplace.

Information and data compliance: Level 4

Level 4 - Enable: Essence of the level: Performs diverse complex activities, supports and supervises others, works autonomously under general direction, and contributes expertise to deliver team objectives.


Supports the implementation of policy, standards and guidelines related to information and data legislation and compliance requirements.

Monitors the implementation of effective controls for internal delegation, audit and control relating to information management.

Reports on the consolidated status of information controls to inform effective decision-making.

Identifies risks around the use of information and data that is subject to specific legislation.

Recommends remediation actions as required.

Information and data compliance: Level 5

Level 5 - Ensure, advise: Essence of the level: Provides authoritative guidance in their field and works under broad direction. Accountable for achieving workgroup objectives and managing work from analysis to execution and evaluation.


Contributes to the development of policy, standards and guidelines related to information and data legislation and compliance requirements.

Provides expert advice and guidance on implementing information and data legislation controls in products, services and systems. Investigates compliance breaches and recommends appropriate control improvements.

Creates and maintains an inventory of data that are subject to legislation. Conducts risk assessments, business impact analysis for complex information systems and specifies any required changes.

Ensures that formal requests and complaints elating to data or information compliance are dealt with according to approved procedures. Prepares and submits reports and registrations to relevant authorities.

Information and data compliance: Level 6

Level 6 - Initiate, influence: Essence of the level: Has significant organisational influence, makes high-level decisions, shapes policies, demonstrates leadership, fosters organizational collaboration, and accepts accountability in key areas.


Develops strategies for compliance with information and data legislation.

Ensures that the policy and standards for compliance with information and data legislation are fit for purpose, current and correctly implemented.

Acts as the organisation's contact for the regulatory authorities.

Operates as a focus for information and data legislation for the organisation, working with specialists to provide authoritative advice and guidance.

Level 7

Level 7 - Set strategy, inspire, mobilise: Essence of the level: Operates at the highest organisational level, determines overall organisational vision and strategy, and assumes accountability for overall success.