A big shake-up in Data Protection law is coming into force on 25th May 2018.
This is based on the European "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR) which was agreed by the UK in 2016, pre-Referendum, and is only now coming into force - unaffected by Brexit.
The Regulation applies directly into UK law from that date but there will some modifications in new Data Protection Act.
There are massive consequences for all businesses and organisations which process people's personal data, especially those who depend on mass mail-outs for marketing . The aim is to give individuals more control over how their data is used, by compelling organisations to obtain positive consent for such use, and to tighten up considerably on the security and sharing of such data. .
Churches are among many charities who will have to review their practices, particularly when it comes to censuses, databases, and IT security
The Diocese has appointed Brin Dunsire to be its Data Protection Manager and he is running a series of roadshow sessions around the Diocese as below - these have been notifed to all parishes by a letter from the Bishop on 19th April. The only ones now remaining are:
(All are 11am-12:30pm)
Monday 21st May Parish Centre Hall, St Teresa’s, 40 Warwick Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL.
Tuesday 22nd May Meeting Room, Our Lady of Walsingham, Occupation Road, Corby NN17 1EE.
These meetings are primarily intended for
- Parish Priests (assistant priests and Deacons also very welcome)
- Parish secretaries and administrators
- Gift Aid organisers
- Finance Committee Chairs, and other members if they wish
If you have not yet booked in, please return the slip accompanying the Bishop's letter or e-mail Brin advising who will be attending which session. You are welcome to attend one outside your area if the date suits you better. Brin intends to visit every parish during June and July but it will save a huge amount of time if the basic knowledge can be delivered at these meetings.
Parish Safeguarding Reps are also welcome to attend, but should be offered more role-specific training in the near future.
Schools and Academy trusts are in a different category and should be receiving separate input from their Local Education Authorities.