A Guide to Good Data Protection

A few weeks ago I gave people at Capacity’s GDPR Awareness event a quick guide to the upcoming GDPR and why it is important not to panic, and if possible to view Data Protection as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Good Data Protection means telling people what you are doing with their personal data, giving them control over what you do with it and keeping their data safe. You also need to write down what you are doing so that you can be accountable both to people and to the regulator.

The ICO has been busy producing helpful information to assist your preparations and resources for organisations large, and particularly small, can be found at ico.org.uk

This includes an easy to use self assessment toolkit that will help you to understand where the gaps in your preparation are. A 12 Steps to Take Now document will give you a place to start, while the recently published Guide to the GDPR will be of use as you move forwards in getting ready.

All of these resources plus more can be found on the dedicated part of the website for small organisations.

Whether you are a charity, an SME or a small public body, the resources are there to help.

The ICO has also developed and expanded upon its popular advice helpline with a dedicated service for smaller organisations. Just dial 0303 123 1113 and select Option 4 to be diverted to staff who can offer support.

There are also a series of blogs available to help punch a hole in some of the myths currently surrounding GDPR. Remember that this is an evolution in Data Protection rather than a burdensome revolution and that the ICO, as well as regulating the new law is here to help.

Good luck to one and all in your preparations for the GDPR and have an enjoyable festive season.

Richard Marbrow

Group Manager, Information Commissioner’s Office

GDPR Support from Capacity: The Public Services Lab

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