The new Helpline for Charities preparing for the new GDPR Data Protection Rules is now up and running

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, applying to ‘controllers’ and ‘processors of personal data’.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set up the helpline to help charities and other small organisations comply with strengthened rules around personal data, as well as accountability and transparency for those holding such data.

Perhaps most significantly for the fundraising arms of charities, it will no longer be acceptable to rely on ‘implied consent’ when contacting donors or potential donors. Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said: “All organisation have to get ready for the new data protection

rules, but we recognise that the 5.4 million small organisations in the UK face particular challenges. “Small organisations want to be ready when the new law comes into force in May 2018, but they often struggle

to know where to start. They may have less time and money to invest in getting it right and are less likely to have compliance teams, data protection or legal experts to advise them what to do.”

The ICO helpline is available on 0303 123 1113 (option 4).

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