Get Ready for GDPR

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into effect on 25 May 2018 and apply to all organisations, including charities and voluntary organisations, that process personal data. Below are a number of helpful resources to help you plan.

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What is it?

GDPR stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’, and it is a new piece of legislation that comes into force in May 2018.  While it builds on existing Data Protection legislation, it represents a significant change for organisations that hold and process personal data.

Will it affect me?

If your organisation holds personal data, whether in the form of contact information or any other sorts of personal data (for example, information about ethnicity, religious belief, or bank account or credit card information) elements of the new regulations will apply to you.

What can I do to prepare?

There are a number of good resources online, some specifically aimed at the charitable sector, some more general, which should equip you to at least assess what you need to do as an organisation to ensure that you are compliant with the new regulations. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, as what will be required of you will vary significantly depending on the sort of organisation you are, and what you do with the data that you collect and hold.

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