What is The General Data Protections Regulation and why is Life Ascending mentioning this? As we are a movement (or organisation) that holds personal details of each member, then Life Ascending is accountable.
The General Data Protections Regulation (GDPR) is a ruling intended to protect the data of citizens within the European Union. The GDPR is a move by The Council of the European Union, European Parliament, and European Commission to provide citizens with a greater level of control over their personal data. In the UK, this is being overseen by The Information Commissioners Office (ICO). See their guidance here.
After several years of refining and debating, the regulation was officially approved by European Parliament on 14 April 2016. The EU has allowed a two-year transition period for organisations to reach compliance. From 25 May 2018, heavy fines will be levied against any business and organisations who do not meet the guidelines set forth by the GDPR.
Possibly you are aware of this in your parishes, where such things as the sick list in the Newsletter can no longer be published, unless written consent to do so, is received by the parish priest.
What sort of data will fall under the General Data Protections Regulation?
Social media posts
Personal medical information
The GDPR covers any information that can be classified as personal details or that can be used to determine your identity.
This is why an opt-in form has been published here for you to complete and let known your wishes.
- Letter and Opt-in consent form to download. GDPR