NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Update on GDPR and Data Protection Bill

· Last Thursday the government tabled an amendment to its own Data Protection Bill to exempt all parish and town councils and parish meetings in England and community and town councils in Wales from the requirement to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under the General Data Protection Regulation. Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have confirmed with us that all other measures will still apply, but that appointing a DPO to support a council's approach to data protection will be discretionary and may be regarded as good practice.

· NALC will keep you updated but it is vital that councils continue to prepare for compliance with the rest of the GDPR requirements as set out in NALC's GDPR toolkit and numerous legal briefings. Once the Bill has received Royal Assent NALC will be reviewing and updating as necessary the toolkit, legal briefings and model standing orders.

· As you know NALC have been lobbying hard for a proportionate regime that works for the sector and reflects its size and data usage, and addresses the new burden of the DPO requirement in particular, especially for small councils and parish meetings. NALC will therefore be welcoming the amendment and briefing MPs accordingly in advance of the Bill's Report stage which is expected to take place within the next few weeks. Discussions with government and the Information Commissioners Office will continue on this issue, as well as on providing support to the sector to help with data protection compliance more generally, an issue the new sector-led Joint Information Governance Group discussed this week – more on that below.

First meeting of new information governance group

· Representatives from NALC, county associations of local councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) met last week for the inaugural meeting of the new sector-led body established to support councils with information governance, GDPR, cyber security and Freedom of Information. The Joint Information Governance Group's (JIGG) will also produce and regularly review a new 'Local Councils Guide to Information Governance'. This new guide will provide authoritative good practice advice to councils on information governance modelled on the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance 'Practitioner's Guide' which sets proper practices to be applied in the preparation of annual accounts and governance statements.

New legal guidance

· A new legal briefing L05-18 on Data Protection Fees, which explains the new fee structure that data controllers are subject to, is now available.

Two launches on today!

· Today NALC is launching this year's annual conference and the Star Councils awards. NALC are keen to build on the success of last year's conference which has now become the premiere and biggest event in the sector's calendar, and to see even more of you attend. And the Star Councils awards provide a brilliant platform for getting your work recognised and celebrated.

Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 07:53 by Alison Robinson

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