Data Protection: Members

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which statutes govern the use by hon. Members of the personal data of their constituents.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to the processing of personal data undertaken by elected representatives and political parties. The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations are also relevant because they regulate the use of telephone calls, emails and texts for direct marketing purposes, including political campaigning.

The Information Commissioner's Office has published guidance for political parties and elected representatives on the steps they should take to comply with the law, this can be found at:

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