Code of Fundraising Practice updated to come into line with GDPR

29 May 2018 News

The Fundraising Regulator has announced that the Code of Fundraising Practice has been amended to reflect changes made to data protection law by the implementation of GDPR legislation. 

The regulator today announced that changes it has made to the Code of Fundraising Practice which relate to General Data Protection Regulations which came into effect last Friday, along with GDPR. 

According to the regulator, the updates to the code were developed with the Information Commissioner’s Office, and include “expanded definitions for key data activities, including ‘processing’, ‘consent’ and ‘legitimate interest’”. 

The code now also features direct links to the Data Protection Act 2018, the act which has bought GDPR into law across the UK. 

The regulator said that any organisation "that has concerns about GDPR" should consult the "bite-size guidance" it published on the topic with the Institute of Fundraising in late February.

Gerald Oppenheim, head of policy and communications at the regulator, said: “GDPR will clearly have an impact on how charities conduct fundraising. We have been impressed by the proactive, progressive approach taken by most of the sector. 

“Implemented correctly, GDPR is an opportunity for charities to understand how important the correct use of data is for their fundraising. This is essential for maintaining public trust and confidence.”

The updated Code of Fundraising Practice can be viewed on the Fundraising Regulator's website here

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