Government reforms (2): Data protection – GDPR guidance

data protection

What do we already know?

We have been regularly updating you about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which on 25 May 2018 will replace the current EU Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998.

For further detail see our updates here.

What’s new?

1. Data Protection Bill

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an introduction to the Data Protection Bill 2017-19 (‘the Bill’), available here.   (For more information on the Bill, see our update in the October 2017 Newsletter here).

The introduction covers various aspects of the Bill, including:

  • General processing and processing by law enforcement and intelligence services;
  • The role of the Information Commissioner; and
  • Enforcement of the Bill’s provisions.

The background to the introduction of the Bill and its passage through Parliament is also dealt with in the document.

The ICO intends to produce further detailed guidance on the Bill once it has been enacted.

2. GDPR Guidance for charities and fundraisers:

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Fundraising Regulator (FR) have released joint guidance, available here, on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It provides an overview for fundraisers and those in smaller organisations in six “bite-size” guides.

The Guidance focuses on the practical application of the law to real life scenarios.  Helpfully, it looks at different fundraising methods and identifies ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. It also includes links to more detailed guidance.

The FR also recently updated the Code of Fundraising Practice for the GDPR, available here.