Following the news that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is to consult on guidance surrounding consent and GDPR – something that will have a big impact on charities – the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has issued a response.
Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the IoF said: “It is welcome and important that the ICO is consulting on their guidance around consent and GDPR. Charities want to make sure they get this right and need clear guidance to be able to implement the legal requirements and give supporters the best experience of fundraising.
“The standard for consent is raised under GDPR, and we think that the guidance could be clearer and more helpful for charities in certain areas. Some of the specific areas we’d ask the ICO to look at include a more joined up approach in the presentation of the guidance so that organisations understand different legal conditions for processing data and fundraising activity. At the heart of this would be a clearer illustration of ‘opt in’ and ‘opt out’, and examples to explain how consent or legitimate interest can be used to process an individual’s data fairly and lawfully.
“It is now coming up to one year before GDPR is implemented and that charities need clear and final guidance on which they can rely and make decisions. With time so short, we hope that the ICO will consider a process of transition for organisations so that they have the necessary time to adapt to new requirements.”
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