The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the use and protection of personal data. Individuals have a right to know what personal data you hold, how you are using it and that it is being processed and secured in a responsible manner. The legislation offers individuals the right to prevent the processing of personal data, particularly if it is being used for direct marketing purposes.
There are many ways in which your group may be gathering, storing and using personal data. It is likely that you will at least be keeping a membership list with people’s names, home addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.
If your group handles or stores (processes) personal data in any way, legally you become a 'data controller' and will need to comply with the requirements of Data Protection legislation.
The Information Commissioner's Office is the independent authority on all aspects of the Data Protection Act, including the monitoring of communications. For advice and assistance visit their website.
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