The new AIM publication has not been created as a guide to everything in the Data Protection Act (DPA) – or the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – but focuses instead on the most important areas for action now. The GDPR applies to the whole UK, so this guide is suitable for all AIM members and other heritage sector organisations across the UK.
AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery said of its launch: “Lots of AIM members have been contacting us to find out what they need to know about the new GDPR regulations. This guide explains in a straightforward way, what museums need to think about and what they need to do to make sure they are complying with the current and new regulations. We hope that AIM members will find it helpful. Some of the things that museums need to do might take a while to put in place, so it’s important to assess where you are and what you’ll need to do now, so you have time to make any changes that are necessary.”
The AIM Success Guide is for trustees, senior staff and members of staff and volunteers involved in fundraising or marketing and the guide outlines the main data protection issues to help museums and cultural organisations carry out an audit of their current position and draw up an action plan and there is a useful action checklist included.
Helen Shone of Development Partners who authored the guide on behalf of AIM said: “It can be easy for small museums to feel like the data protection regulations don’t really apply to them, that it is an issue reserved for large charities. But that is not the case and Trustees carry the responsibility. It is really important to have the basic data protection blocks in place ahead of the introduction of GDPR. This does not need to be a complicated process, and you don’t need a legal background to understand what is required. Now is the time to get on the right track!”
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