New fundraising guidance following implementation of GDPR - Thorne Widgery

The Fundraising Regulator has announced new guidance following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR, which came into effect on 25 May, has changed the landscape of data collection in the UK and across the European Union.

Its impact has also extended to charities, which have been forced to review their practices with a focus on keeping donor data physically and cyber secure.

The Fundraising Regulator says its new code has been developed in consultation with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to expand on definitions for key data activities, such as “processing”, “content” and “legitimate interest”.

Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications, said: “GDPR will clearly have an impact on how charities conduct fundraising. We have been impressed by the proactive, progressive approach taken by most of the sector.

“Implemented correctly, GDPR is an opportunity for charities to understand how important the correct use of data is for their fundraising. This is essential for maintaining public trust and confidence.”

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