Charities need to do more to protect data

The information regulator has issued a report saying that victim support charities must take more steps to comply with data protection requirements. This is based on findings from a study of five of the 69 voluntary organisations that make up the Victims’ Services Alliance, along with a wider data protection survey.

Civil Society News reports that although staff showed good awareness of the requirement to keep data safe, member organisations faced a “unique challenge”, due in part to the high volume of temporary staff and volunteers.

Read more from Civil Society News or see Information Commissioner’s Office press release at http://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2015/01/new-report-helps-victims-services-alliance-organisations-meet-data-protection-challenge/. The latter has a link to the report ‘Findings from ICO advisory visits and contact with Victims Services Alliance Organisations’ (pdf, 219KB). This includes recommendations and details of ICO and other guidance, which will be of wider sector interest.