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GDPR - learning together
Issue 1 



This is the first in a series of special bulletins to help our members work towards compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations that will apply in the UK from 25th May 2018.

These new Regulations   will  replace the existing law on  data  protection, giving individuals more rights and more protection about how and what data / information about them is collected, stored and used.

In response to various requests for support, we hope these bulletins, alongside a new suite of training options, will help guide you through.   

Our new "learning together" campaign aims to focus on the practicalities members are having to deal  with when applying these revised regulations.  The intention is to share good practice and focus on solutions  members can adopt or consider as appropriate.  

We are also keen to hear from you with examples of what problems you are experiencing in adapting the way you work.  Please email us .

Step 1 "raise awareness"

Step 1 "raise awareness"

Your Parish Council/Parish Meeting should already be aware but if in doubt we suggest you circulate parts of the Toolkit (Part 2).  This explains the underlying principles, key changes, who is affected etc., and points to note. 

Further reading is available in the form of NALC legal guidance notes previously supplied, alongside the ICO website is also a good source of information - there is a new online checklist which is a good exercise to increase your knowledge and understanding - click here.   See below a link to an ICO "Introduction to GDPR" video.

 Clerk's networking - 22nd March 

Click here for the presentation  (click the arrows at the bottom to move to each page) outlining the concept of Learning Together and an outline of how this initiative will work.  

SALC have now started to collate queries and our advice so we can start to share good practice.  Click here for the current version.  
Introduction to GDPR
You may also find it useful to watch a brief presentation by the ICO to help embed learning,.  

"It's good to talk data"   

Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, talks exclusively to LCR and spells out exactly what the new General Data Protection Data Regulations (GDPR) means for local councils.  

"What challenges do you think local councils will face when complying with the GDPR?  How can they overcome these?
"First of all, let's get things in perspective.  [Local} councils are unlikely to hold vast amounts of personal data.  It's good that you're alive to the challenges - that tells me you want to get it right - but there is no need to panic.  That said, I know that small organisations tend to be less prepared.  they struggle to know where to start, have less time and money to invest in getting it right and can's stretch to specialist resources like dedicated compliance teams or legal advisors.  But regardless of your size, if you hold important personal information, the GDPR applies". 
Click here to read the full article.

Next step ..... do you understand your data?

It is important to document what information you hold, where it came from and who you share it with.  A good way to do this is to organise an information audit. 

The toolkit contains a personal data audit questionnaire (appendix 2).  As you work through this document, create an action plan and colour code what needs urgent (red), attention before 25th May (amber) and to be actioned over time (green).

New training courses at SALC - register your interest with us    

  • "GDPR BASICS" - a 2 hour session aimed at data facing staff - delivered by the DPO Centre
  • Acting as a DPO - a full day session aimed at those undertaking this role for other councils  - delivered by the DPO Centre
  • Focus Groups - to complete the information audit / timed action plan using the NALC toolkit.  This is a new type of learning working with the SALC team to share issues/learning.  (2 hours each session).
CLICK HERE to register your interest in the above training
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