Fair Data is an accreditation launched by MRS in January 2013 to show which companies handle their customers' personal data fairly. A Fair Data company must meet the 12 Fair Data principles.

Fair Data is a recognisable mark that enables consumers to make educated choices about their personal data. When you interact with a Fair Data organisation, you have confidence that your information is safe. 

Fair Data is an accreditation trust mark that allows companies to showcase best practice in data protection. It will help guide you towards GDPR compliance. 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that took effect in May 2018 has signalled a new era for data protection. The GDPR is far-reaching. Even after Brexit, it will apply to any organisations in the UK (or elsewhere in the world) dealing with data that relates to EU residents.

Update to the Principles

In April 2019 the Fair Data Principles were updated from 10 to 12. Revisions were made to the existing principles to reflect the pace of reform and changes in data protection frameworks. The changes also ensure that the principles are able to keep pace with the speed and progress of technological development and data use.

For reference the consultation documents are available below:

Consultation Paper (PDF) 

Revised Principles (PDF) 

Revised Principles with Explanatory Note & Evidence Matrix (PDF)


Fair Data website

Find out more about the Fair Data trust mark and what it could mean for your company.

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