Preparing for GDPR

09 March 2018

Are you GDPR ready?

On 25 May 2018, new data protection regulations will come into law. Guidance from the ICO will help you comply with the new GDPR requirements.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU-wide regulation that gives citizens and residents more control over their personal data. It also gives citizens new ‘digital rights’ that better reflect the economic value of personal data in the digital economy.

All organisations that collect personal data must adhere to the new data protection regulations. The regulations will become effective in the UK on 25 May 2018 and will remain in law after the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union, as they also fall under the Data Protection Bill 2017-19.

According to the European Commission, “personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address.”

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have produced a number of informative guides on GDPR here.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, have also released detailed guidance to GDPR compliance for charities here, with a useful Frequently Asked Questions section.

The full General Data Protection Regulation can be found here.

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