Personal data – technical tricks, starter basics

The Information Commissioner’s Office has produced new guidance which gives practical advice on what to look out for when providing information in different formats, to avoid including personal data by mistake.

While ICO’s background article leads with a Freedom of Information request, the advice is applicable to other data distribution processes. The piece gives some examples of “now you don’t see it, now you do” ways of getting it wrong due to the way software works.

Read the guidance to get it right – link from that article, or direct download (pdf, 1.2MB) to How to disclose information safely – removing personal data from information requests and datasets.

(Source: Bates Wells Braithwaite briefing)

Data protection starter for small groups

Localgiving has a short, basic, article sub-titled ‘Data protection, the secret to a lasting donor relationship‘, to help small charities and community groups get started with data protection.