Mr Tony Porter Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Date: December 2019
To: Parish, Town and Community Councils in England and Wales Dear Council
The operation of surveillance camera systems, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and partnerships.
You will be aware that as a relevant authority as set out in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PoFA) you, as a local... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:57 by Alison Robinson
By Stacey Egerton, Senior Policy Officer
14 August 2019
The advent of the GDPR in May 2018 brought new data protection obligations for many organisations. Some of this presented a challenge, particularly for smaller organisations like parish and town councils, who we saw were keen to demonstrate their compliance but needed support to achieve this.
Now, well into the second year of the GDPR, it's clear... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:52 by Alison Robinson
Please tell us your views on the consultation underway on proposed reforms to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 October. NALC will also be responding to the government's review into local government audit, again please send your views to NALC by 18 October, click here to read the news story.
Out and about
- The head of member... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:48 by Alison Robinson
Welcome to the third legal update and the first of 2019
GDPR – commenting on planning applications
Planning applications often contain personal data (as defined by the GDPR/ Data Protection Act 2018). Processing personal data is necessary for the exercise of planning functions, but that does not include a blanket approach to publishing such data on the internet.
Decisions on what information is... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:22 by Alison Robinson
External audit non responses
Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) are now receiving management information returns from the audit suppliers – currently, their main concern is the number of authorities they have had no response from, this is higher than in previous years. At the end of last week there were over 700 authorities who had not responded at all.
All will now have received formal... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:35 by Alison Robinson
Updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) toolkit
NALC's GDPR toolkit has been updated to reflect the new Data Protection Act 2018 and data protection regime. The changes include the appointment of a Data Protection Officer, which is not mandatory for all local (parish and town) councils, and information about paying the Information Commissioner's data protection fee.
Roundtable on rural buses... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:01 by Alison Robinson
Any councillor who processes personal data on a computer (e.g. names and addresses of residents contacted about planning matters, or for election canvassing is a data controller separate from the council. As a result such a councillor would have to pay the Data Protection fee of £40.
A councillor who does not process personal data or does so without using a computer is not required to pay the... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 03 Jun 2018 14:57 by Alison Robinson
The long wait is over as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force on Friday 25 May. GAPTC worked with the National Association of Local Councils and were part of a successful campaign to mitigate the impact of GDPR on our councils which resulted in Clause 7 (3) of the Act exempting councils from the requirement to appoint a Data Protection... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 29 May 2018 15:02 by Anita Sach
Annual conference 2018
· This year the NALC conference will be debating the future of the sector in post-Brexit Britain and some important issues around that including devolution of powers, financial challenges facing community councils and the changing role of community councils in delivering local services – this has already received media coverage in LocalGov and Public Sector Executive... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 May 2018 16:07 by Alison Robinson
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... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 07:53 by Alison Robinson