Data Protection Changes for Fundraisers

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Written by Alex Aggidis

In 2024 the UK will overhaul its data protection laws. There are many changes (one could actually help you raise more money in the future!).

Firstly, a quick recap:

With the enactment of the Withdrawal Agreement in January 2020, the UK signalled its exit from the EU and entry into a transition period.

During this transition period, all EU laws would continue to apply. The GDPR was no exception. At the end of the transition period in December 2020, only the UK GDPR remained.

What’s changed?

  • Post-Brexit, our GDPR is now called the UK GDPR, and works alongside the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • The EU has approved data transfers to and from the UK until at least 2025.
  • There are some UK-specific tweaks to stay compliant with.

What does this mean for fundraisers?

  • Compliance: We need to update our policies and paperwork to meet UK GDPR standards.
  • Data transfers: Ensure processes with EU partners comply with the new rules.
  • Consent and records: Keeping clear records of consent and data processing will be more crucial than ever.

Upcoming changes for fundraisers:

  • Increased scrutiny on how we obtain and record consent.
  • Stricter enforcement of data protection laws.
  • Focus on collecting only necessary data.
  • Third-party contracts and ensuring third-party providers comply with UK GDPR.

Feeling nervous about the upcoming changes? Us too.

That’s why we’ve invited data protection expert, Mark Burnett, CEO of Hope & May to host a free webinar on this very topic next month.

🗓️ Thursday 27th June 
⌚ 12 – 1 pm BST

👆 You can register to attend here

Mark will examine some of the changes and share some early interpretations to help you start thinking about and planning for the future.

The webinar will include a live Q&A for your burning questions.

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