General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation is a new, European-wide regulation that replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. It places greater obligations on how organisations handle personal data. It came into effect on 25 May 2018. It has been confirmed that the GDPR will still be in force after Brexit.

Local Executive Committees, as Charity Trustees, have overall responsibility for ensuring their Scout Group, Scout District or Scout County is meeting the GDPR requirement. However, all adult members will also have a responsibility to safeguard personal data and follow the processes that are agreed by their relevant Executive Committee.

Information to help you understand and apply GDPR in your Section, Group, District or County is given below.

GDPR training is mandatory for all roles and appointments in Scouting and a link to the online training also appears below.

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