In May this year, new laws come into force about how people’s personal information is collected, stored and used. The new law is called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All organisations that hold personal information on individuals have to abide by these regulations.
One of the main things that should change is that personal information can only be used for a specifically stated purpose. Hopefully, this will mean the end of organisations selling mailing lists which then lead to private individuals being pestered with unwanted phone calls and mail.
Carers Leeds has always been very strict about enforcing data protection rules. If you would like to see a copy of our Data Protection Policy, please contact us, a new policy document will be implemented from May this year. We don’t pass private information onto other organisations without a carer’s consent. We always ask carers for consent before we keep any personal information about them. Our Privacy Statement is available to view online http://www.carersleeds.org.uk/privacy-statement/. This document sets out the basis for how and why we keep personal data and what we do with it.
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For more information about GDPR visit: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/