Unless you have been hibernating for the last few months, you will be aware of the new legislation, appropriately named General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What does this mean for you, the public, and us, the Parish Council?
We have to implement a range of policies to comply with the new legislation. These will be developed and published over the next few weeks. The main effect is that any information held by the Parish Council about individuals must be kept secure and not disclosed to any third parties. We also have to seek an individual’s express permission to hold the information in the first place. A consent form is being developed and will be implemented very shortly.
One of the things you will notice now is that any e-mail responses from the Parish Council will come through the Clerk. In turn the Clerk is not allowed to pass on to individual councillors the details of an individual who contacts the council via e-mail. This means that we will be doing a lot more secure communication without knowing, as councillors, where the query came from in the first place.
As and when policies are developed, they will be published on the website.