Parish Councils: Data Protection

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to parish councils on compliance the General Data Protection Regulation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been provided in respect of parish meetings on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has not issued any guidance to parish councils or parish meetings about compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, both the Government and the Information Commissioner recognise the challenges facing organisations across the UK in their preparations for the Data Protection Bill and the GDPR and are taking steps to help ensure that smaller bodies are both aware of their responsibilities, and also that they are proportionate to their size.

The Information Commissioner's website (ico.org.uk) includes resources and guidance intended to help smaller organisations, including parish councils, prepare for the new regime. The Commissioner has also launched a dedicated helpline service for smaller organisations, simplifying her "12-step" GDPR preparation guidance in response to feedback from small and micro-enterprises and will continue to develop further guidance as implementation approaches.

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