Charities: ICO

Launch of the IRMS Third Sector Retention and Disposal Toolkit

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) and Protecture were delighted to formally launch the IRMS Third Sector Retention and Disposal Toolkit and Schedule at an event in Central London last week. Attendees from a number of charities, not-for-profits and companies heard Scott Sammons, Chair of the IRMS, argued passionately for the benefits of record …

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Equifax – 12 lessons to learn

As the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA98) comes to an end, we have a first! The first maximum fine under the old law was issued in September to Equifax Ltd. If you’ve heard any of the Data Protection Leads here at Protecture speak about basic security issues facing organisations, you will have heard us talk …

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Trust, Transparency and Data Protection

Charities rely on personal data more than ever before, whether they are processing a donation, running a fundraising event, or providing services. Supporters and service users must give their personal data to you; in some cases, such as prospect research, you will gather the data indirectly, form publicly-available sources. In all cases, trust is key. Two …

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Cookie D’oh!

With the news that the changes to ePrivacy law have now been delayed until 2020, now is a good time to evaluate whether your organisation’s practices are already in line with existing electronic privacy law. The ePrivacy Regulation is likely to strengthen the current provisions of PECR in similar ways to which GDPR strengthened previous …

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£130,000 fine for being unfair

Pharmacy2U provides a number of online medical services (electronic prescriptions; online confidential medical advice and retail for medical products). To access these services, individuals have to provide personal information including their contact details, sex and date of birth. Pharmacy2U is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, the CQC and had a current score of 83% …

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Charities on ICO radar – 32 charities visited

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) occupies two roles: alongside their powers to enforce compliance and fine organisations for serious breaches of data protection (their ‘stick’ role) they offer informal visits to review how organisations are handling personal information and publish helpful summaries for others to note and use (their ‘carrot’ role). The ICO has published …

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