Data Protection: EU Law

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Evans of Weardale Lord Evans of Weardale Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 5 June 2018 (HL Deb, col 1227), what assessment they have made of the impact of General Data Protection Regulation compliance on small charities.

Photo of Lord Evans of Weardale Lord Evans of Weardale Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, or intend to make, of the benefits of applying the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation to small charities in the UK.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government recognises the challenges facing organisations across the UK, especially charities, to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

We take the protection and privacy of personal data extremely seriously. We have made it clear that all organisations, especially the biggest global tech firms who process vast amounts of personal data, must comply with the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018.

This is why the Information Commissioner’s Office has published a range of user-friendly material on the GDPR on its website and has also set up a dedicated phone line for small organisations and charities.

No formal review has been made since the new data protection rules came into force on 25 May 2018.

The annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey will contain data on charities' awareness of the General Data Protection Regulation, and the changes they have made in response to its introduction. The results of the survey are expected to be published in spring 2019.

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