What is GDPR and does it apply to your club?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  intends to unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.

The GDPR applies to any data controllers or data processors, so if you collect any personal data in running your club (which you definitely will do if you have any members) then YES the GDPR will apply to you.

When does it come in to force?

GDPR will apply from 25 May 2018

What information does GDPR apply to?

The GDPR applies to ‘personal data’ meaning any information that could directly or indirectly identify an individual person. 

This definition provides for a wide range of personal identifiers to constitute personal data, including name, identification number, location data or online identifier, reflecting changes in technology and the way organisations collect information about people.

The GDPR applies to both automated personal data and to manual filing systems where personal data are accessible according to specific criteria. 

Why does it exist?

The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world that is vastly different from the time in which the 1995 directive was established.

What could happen if we do not comply?

Your club could be fined up to 4% of your turnover, be liable for legal damages or probably worst of all, receive irreparable reputational damage. 

In short, do not ignore these new Data Protection regulations but do not fear either as it's not as hard as you think to get ready.

Useful external resources
GDPR Portal
ICO - GDPR definitions
ICO - 12 Steps to GDPR
ICO checklist for GDPR compliance

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Disclaimer

We are not legal professionals so it's important to seek your own legal advice when it comes to GDPR. 

The information provided is designed to be useful for clubs preparing for GDPR compliance and is not a replacement for independent legal advice.

ClubRight Limited accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information presented. 

Please seek your own legal advice.

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