New Year, New Regulations

As if charities in our region did not face enough challenges, this year brings about the regulatory changes of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  On the 25 May 2018, this new regulation will replace the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998.  Don’t be fooled by the ‘European’ title though – this will remain in place post Brexit so it’s important to make sure you’re ready in time.

All organisations need to plan ahead in order to be compliant with the May deadline. This new regulation will no doubt highlight some change for your organisation and how you manage information and so it is very important that you use this preparation time to understand the complex and comprehensive nature of GDPR regulations – and the fines incurred for not meeting them.

If your organisation is currently fully compliant with the Data Protection Act, you will be a significant way towards GDPR, however, the scope is wider and now extends to manual filing systems and anonymised data (depending on how difficult it is to attribute the pseudonym to a particular individual).

Our recent training sessions on Data Protection and GDPR were well attended and well received  but for those of you who were unable to attend, there are a number of useful articles/links available to help you through this process, with the most comprehensive information being from the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) www.ico.org.uk, the FAQ section is especially useful:  https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/charity/charities-faqs/

Here at Cumbria CVS, we too are striving to ensure that our systems are robust and compliant for the May deadline and look forward to a smooth transition along with the rest of you.

Best wishes

Laura Cadman
Executive Officer
Cumbria CVS