CTE publishes data protection summary
New data protection legislation comes into place in May. This will require a change of practice for most churches, informal ecumenical groups, Churches Together groups and Intermediate Bodies.
CTE has published a basic summary of the changes, stressing that the individual's right to privacy is at the heart of the legislation. Six underlying principles ensure those rights and every organisation, formal and informal, must be able to demonstrate compliance with the principles.
Ecumenical groups will therefore need to conduct a data audit to see what information they have, obtain explicit consent from the subject of the data, be able to explain what they do with the data and be able to provide evidence of accountability. Data, both electronic and paper, must also be held securely.
CTE's summary points to further help published by the Office of the Information Commissioner and some Member Churches. Organisations are advised to follow their guidance.
Read the summary in full.