Volunteer Centre
Dorset

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force on 25th May 2018

Share

6th February 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force on 25th May 2018

Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018 and organisations need to be ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The ICO has produced a package of tools aimed at small and micro organisations, including charities. these can be found by visiting https://ico.org.uk

Here are our top five of data protection tips for small and medium sized charities and third sector organisations:

 

  1. Tell people what you are doing with their data
    People should know what you are doing with their information and who it will be shared with. This is a legal requirement (as well as established best practice) so it is important you are open and honest with people about how their data will be used.
     
  2. Make sure your staff are adequately trained 
    New employees must receive data protection training to explain how they should store and handle personal information. Refresher training should be provided at regular intervals for existing staff.
     
  3. Use strong passwords
    There is no point protecting the personal information you hold with a password if that password is easy to guess. All passwords should contain upper and lower case letters, a number and ideally a symbol. This will help to keep your information secure from would-be thieves.
     
  4. Encrypt all portable devices
    Make sure all portable devices – such as memory sticks and laptops – used to store personal information are encrypted.
     
  5. Only keep people’s information for as long as necessary
    Make sure your organisation has established retention periods in place and set up a process for deleting personal information once it is no longer required.

For more information visit https://ico.org.uk

Other News


Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund