On Friday 25 May 2018 the new legislation relating to data protection, called GDPR comes into effect.

Data Protection applies to every organisation from large multi-nationals to community clubs. It is essential that data is used and kept securely to ensure safe and effective practice; this could include names, addresses, dates of birth and financial details.

GDPR will apply to you whether you are paid staff or a volunteer, whether you have 10 members or 1000 members.

It is important to note that this is all our responsibility, the expectation is that we will all be doing our bit to be compliant now and in the future but it is not the expectation that compliance will be achieved by the 25 May 2018. As outlined by Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner from the ICO in her conference speech on 9 April 2018:

“We want you to feel prepared, equipped and excited about the GDPR. I know many, many of you do. For those that still feel there is work to be done – and there are many of those too – I want to reassure you that there is no deadline.

In fact, it’s important that we all understand there is no deadline. Friday 25 May is not the end. It is the beginning”

To help guide you through the GDPR regulations RLSS UK has put together guidance and signposts to templates to help you and your club, branch, ATC/P be GDPR compliant.

We would like to thank you for your support and compliance in this matter. The team at RLSS UK are ready and willing to support you through this process and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email [email protected].