Is your charity ready for GDPR?
In May 2018, Europe's data protection rules will undergo their biggest change in two decades.
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to bring data protection legislation into line with how personal data is used in today’s world, and will supersede the Data Protection Act 1998.
Part of a wider package of reform that includes the Data Protection Bill, the GDPR sets out the requirements for how organisations will need to handle personal data from 25 May 2018.
It is essential that organisations, including charities, plan ahead for the GDPR coming into operation. This includes implementing any new or updated procedures and safeguards required to deal with transparency and individuals’ rights provisions.
To help organisations prepare, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a package of tools aimed at small and micro organisations. The support available includes the following.
- FAQs for charities.
- A guide to the GDPR.
- A getting ready for the GDPR self-help checklist.
- A new advice service helpline for small organisations.
- A 12 steps to take now graphic.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland will publish updated fundraising guidance later this month which includes information on GDPR and signposting to further guidance.
As the independent authority responsible for upholding information rights, the ICO should be the first port for anyone seeking advice and guidance on GDPR.