Protecting your beneficiaries, protecting your organisation

Ten considerations for charities on safe use of personal data

Data protection is a mission critical element of daily business for all organisations—and charities are no exception. As public interest in data security grows and ever-tighter regulations on personal data are introduced, charities can’t afford the risk to their reputation—not to mention the potential harm to beneficiaries—of a serious data handling mistake.

However, it is also increasingly vital that charities make decisions and design interventions based on the most up-to-date evidence available. Using both qualitative and quantitative data is essential to this.

This short guide aims to introduce non-specialists to UK data protection regulations, risks and good practice—as well as pointing to trusted sources of further information and training.

The ten considerations outlined are based on the eight Data Protection Act (DPA) principles, but are an introduction only and do not constitute legal advice—as you make your own plans, please refer to the full guidance on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website.

This guide is prior to GDPR, so aspects of it may be out of date.