Insertion from May edition of the Paperchase
Many of you may be aware that from 25 May 2018, new Data Protection arrangements come into force. The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that will come into force and will replace the current Data Protection Act.
It’s the biggest overhaul of data protection legalisation for over 25 years and will introduce new requirements for how organisations process personal data. These new arrangements will affect Parish Council’s and work has been ongoing for the last few months to ensure that Brocton Parish Council is able and ready to comply with these arrangements. The Parish Council cannot, legally, act as its own Data Protection Officer and has therefore, to secure this service from elsewhere. Discussions are currently taking place to secure this service in due course. In the meantime, please visit the Parish Council website, where we intend to make available, over the coming months, all of the relevant policy documents that the Parish Council will comply with. If you have any concerns or questions relating to Data Protection please contact the Clerk, in the first instance. Alternatively, visit the Information Commission’s Office website for more information – https://ico.org.uk/

Latest update
The above article has been included in the May edition of the Paperchase, however, since printing it has emerged that the Government has tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill to exempt all Parish Councils from the requirement to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under the General Data Protection Regulation.
Despite this amendment all Parish Councils will be required to continue to ensure compliance with the new regulations, which, as stated above Brocton Parish Council will do.
The amendment to the Bill has yet to receive Royal Assent, so further information regarding this matter will be made available via the website when it becomes available.