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.