Data Protection Warning

This week the Charity Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office have issued a joint warning over two charities that did not fulfil their legal committement storing and using information (see Charity Commission statement). Groups can be caught up in their day to day operation and can forget that have repsoniblities to store and use data appropriateley.

As a side note I have asked over the years many a small organization about how they back up their information such as membership lists, accounts and so on and met with a blank stare. Computers do fail and hard drives do expire with time and to replace the data can be difficult or impossible, with external memory being inexpensive nowadays it is a simple matter to save those vital records using simple and free software.


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