, Trust, Transparency and Data Protection

Making records management a reality – practical steps to take

March saw the latest meeting of the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Third Sector Group. The session started with Bev Adams-Reynolds, Data Protection Officer at Crisis, providing practical, current advice on what she is learning as she works to bring records management principles and practice into Crisis. First, Bev took the group through her …

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5 common mistakes made with DPIAs

With the GDPR, a DPIA, or ‘Data Protection Impact Assessment’ has moved from being a good practice recommendation to being a mandatory activity for some kinds of personal data processing. The purpose of a DPIA is to identify potential risks to data subjects’ rights and freedoms before the processing begins, so that appropriate measures can …

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DP and HR – Getting data protection right for employees

“Staff are our greatest asset” “We couldn’t do it without our volunteers” One way of demonstrating the value that you place on your workforce – volunteers as well as staff – is by keeping the personal information that they share with you safe, secure and confidential.   If you’re not fully convinced by that argument, this …

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5 Tips for Incident Management

This article is not a guide about how to handle a notifiable breach. By now, you’re all familiar with the ICO Guidance on that. This piece is about the day to day handling of incidents based on over a decade of first-hand experience about what works, and what doesn’t. Keep it simple. If the breach/incident …

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We all know about PECR, right?

At the Protecture seminar on e-Privacy at the end of November, Rowenna Fielding reminded us that PECR is about more than just consent for electronic direct marketing. I don’t think that Rowenna meant to alarm anyone, just a gentle poke in the ribs to get your online house in order before the new ePrivacy Regulation …

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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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