Are you ready for the new GDPR legislation?

(via Third Force News)

On the 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force and brings with it a significant change to the UK’s data protection laws.

Additionally, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be empowered to impose fines of up to 4% of global revenue or 20 million euros for breaches to the new guidelines.

As a result, charities need to work quickly to confirm that they understand, and comply with, the new law.

What does this mean for charities?

GDPR represents a serious challenge for many organisations, particularly charities that are dependent on their donor databases and hold large amounts of sensitive information on vulnerable individuals.

Recent breaches of data protection have resulted in eye-watering fines for the organisation at fault. In April 2017 alone, 11 charities were fined between £6,000 and £18,000 each for breaches of the Data Protection Act. Fines were imposed for activities such as sourcing information on donors to ‘fill in the blanks’ for any information they didn’t provide or illegally sharing information on donors with other charities, no matter what the cause and with no record.

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