Data Protection is about the legal control over access to and use of data stored in your computers. The Data Protection Act requires charities to implement safeguards regarding the personal information you collect from your donors, beneficiaries, and other interested people.
Data Protection can be a dry subject but it is vitally important because failing to control access to your data could harm your beneficiaries and your reputation. The Fundraising Regulator has produced new guidance for all charities and not-for-profit groups to help you get to grips with what you must do under Data Protection legislation.
The guidance booklet itself is quite lengthy, but thorough. A self-assessment tool-kit and actions checklist are also available. Make sure you are dealing with people’s personal information in a legal way, and are only sending marketing and other information to people who have given you consent for this.
We take information governance very seriously at Action Hampshire, and have completed NHS Information Governance Compliance Level 2. We maintain strict data protection policies on the information we hold and only send newsletters to people who have consented or signed up to receive them. New Data Protection rules will be coming in 2018 under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, and we will bring you more information about the GDPR as it becomes available.