One of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law comes into effect on 25th May 2018.
As part of these changes, you may soon find organisations asking you how you would like to be contacted. Like many other organisations we have chosen to rely on what the new legislation calls “legitimate interest”. This means we undertake to keep you informed of forum activities by email, which includes advice on how you can opt out at any time. You can also choose how to receive communication from us by registering on our website, or if you are already resisted, by updating your details – www.RMNF.org.uk
To make sure you’re ready to make your choices, we’ve created a handy guide that will help explain the changes and what they mean for you.
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GDPR
You may have seen GDPR in the headlines, or perhaps organisations have already contacted you? Here we take a closer look at GDPR and what it means for you:
- It’s the biggest change to UK data privacy law in 20 years – Thanks to technological advances the amount of personal data being generated is rapidly increasing – every time you shop online, use your favourite app or ‘like’ a photo on Facebook you generate data – which is why the law needs updating to better protect people. As part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) organisations have to review how they manage all personal data – from email addresses to bank details – and ensure they are GDPR-ready by 25th May 2018.
- It will give you more control over your personal data- GDPR is all about giving you more control on how your personal data is used. You’ll have greater visibility and control over the personal data organisations hold about you – whether it’s something as simple as your name, or as complex and sensitive as medical information. This means you can have greater confidence that information about you is accurate, up-to-date and properly managed.
- You can choose who contacts you, and how – You’ll probably notice a lot of organisations asking for your consent so they can contact you about offers, products or services they think you’ll find useful or interesting. To comply with GDPR, these requests need to be really clear and straightforward. You get to choose who contacts you and how, for example by email, social media or phone.
- You can change your mind at any time – If you give an organisation permission to contact you, it doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind in the future. Under the new rules, it should be easier to update your preferences on what you want to receive and how.
- Your data will be better protected – GDPR also aims to make sure that all organisations holding personal data have the right processes in place to protect it. Organisations who put customer data at risk will face hefty penalties.
What happens next?
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Your personal data is in safe hands with RMNF
- We use your personal data to contact you with information about our neighbourhood forum and area that is relevant, useful and timely.
- We respect your privacy and work hard to ensure we meet strict regulatory requirements.
- We DO NOT sell your personal data to third parties.