Information to prepare your Charity for the new GDPR Regulations The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 across all EU member states. The UK Government's Data Protection Bill 2017 brings this into UK law so this will not be affected by Brexit. A similar bill is passed in all other EU member states, including the Republic of Ireland. Data protection laws ensure that personal information is handled appropriately and securely by organisations including businesses, government agencies and charities. Any arts organisation, charity, community group or membership organisation has a legal duty to follow these laws when gathering, storing, sharing or processing this data. The changes that GDPR brings to data protection laws are significant but following but we hope the guidance in our attached document will help you prepare your organisation/charity and avoid any potential breaches in the future. Our guide explains: What GDPR covers Types of data Principles of GDPR Definitions of key terms in plain English Individuals' rights Steps you should take FAQs (including mailing lists, children and photographing events Click here to read more.