New ICO guidance — Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection

Ian Hulme, Director for Regulatory Assurance at the Information Commissioner’s Office has just published a blog about data protection as it relates to the efforts of small voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises during the coronavirus crisis.

Some I have spoken to in the wider third sector say it is exactly the information they have been waiting for and that it is especially important for small, unconstituted and new-start groups that have formed specifically to help during the coronavirus emergency.

Ian Hulme summarises the ICO’s (mercifully short) guidance under six key headings:

  • Keep it clear.
  • Keep sharing.
  • Keep it lawful.
  • Keep it secure.
  • Keep it to a minimum.
  • Keep a record of what you’ve done.

 

If you are struggling to come up with simple, common sense and proportionate data protection guidelines for a coronavirus support group, this may be just what you need.

Read Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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