Information Commissioner launches ‘Your Data Matters’ campaign

We know that our charity clients have been working hard over the past months (years?) to ensure compliance with GDPR and new data protection legislation!

The ICO has launched a campaign to help increase the public’s trust and confidence in how their data is used and made available. It is inviting leaders from organisations who want to take part in the campaign to sign a ‘Your Data Matters’ pledge. By signing the pledge, an organisation is making a clear statement that it values personal information entrusted to it. It also sends out a clear signal to staff in the organisation about the importance of looking after people’s personal information. It gives an organisation the opportunity to use ‘off the shelf’ communications materials, for example, the ‘Your Data Matters’ logo.

The ICO says it will not use this as an additional compliance tool. It will publish a list of organisations signed up to the pledge on its website. If a compliance issue arises, the ICO says that it will be up to the organisation to reflect and decide whether it is living up to its pledge.

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