Provincial Priory of Northampton Huntingdon & Bedford

Data Protection



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The 25th of May 2018 is an important day for data protection. It sees the launch of the European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which will be incorporated into UK law as part the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018.

The new act updates existing data protection law and replaces the Data Protection Act enacted in 1998; it is important for several reasons:

 It directly links data protection law and the security of personal information.

  • It introduces new and updated data-protection rights such as explicit consent, the right to be forgotten, the right to request personal information and the right to transfer it to others.
  • It requires that appropriate technical controls are implemented to protect personal information.
  • It requires breaches of security to be reporting to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as well as the persons to who the information is related. This must be done within 72 hours of a breach being discovered.
  • Finally, it makes the persons controlling and processing personal information equally responsible for the information's security.

 There is also a much stricter regulatory regime that has been standardised across the whole of Europe with a significant increase in the level of fines that can be imposed for non-compliance.  It's worthy of note that the inclusion of GDPR into UK legislation means that the same requirements will still apply even after the UK has left the European Union, i.e. after Brexit.

One of the additional requirements of GDPR is that public authorities and certain other bodies are legally required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO).  The requirement to have a DPO does not apply to the Knights Templar Province of Northampton, Huntingdon and Bedford Huntingdonshire, but organisations holding in excess of 250 personal records are strongly recommended to have one regardless.

 Taking this into account, Em.Kt Nigel Dickens of Victory and George North Preceptories has been appointed as the Provincial Data Protection Officer.  Nigel is also currently serving as Commander of the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard.

The National Crime Cyber Security guidelines can be downloaded here.