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Making sense of GDPR

Scotland networking group

6 February 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the biggest change to data protection legislation in 25 years – comes into force in May 2018.

It’s going to affect all charities, giving them more responsibility to take care of data. As communicators, it’s particularly important we get up to speed with the new law, not only to avoid hefty fines, but to meet our audiences’ expectations, keep their trust, and give them a great experience.

At this event, we heard all about what GDPR means for communications and marketing professionals in a presentation from David Freeland, senior policy officer at the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office. This was followed by a panel Q+A with David, Valerie Surgenor, partner at MacRoberts Solicitors, Lawrence Sum, director of communications, Scottish Bible Society and Alan Ballany, strategic planning director, Culture Republic.


GDPR Hub: Visit Culture Republic’s GDPR Hub (the survey and data audit have been designed to be used by any organisation in any sector, not just arts and culture specific)

Useful articles: Read a range of handy articles on data protection on Culture Republic’s blog

Guidance: Visit the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website for a comprehensive guide and tools to prepare for the GDPR

Presentation: What does the GDPR mean for charity communicators? David Freeland, senior policy officer at the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office

View David’s slides with his presentation notes

About the Scotland Networking Group

The Scotland Networking Group is a network for comms professionals working in Scotland-based charities. 

You’ll be given the opportunity to meet your peers, compare notes on workplace practices and share successes, ideas, challenges and inspiration. The group is designed to encourage networking and peer-to-peer support, sharing issues in a ‘safe’ and relaxed environment.

Each event will focus on a topic which delegates will discuss in small groups before feeding back to the group as a whole. There’ll also be plenty of time for networking.

These networking events are held in Edinburgh, three times a year. 

If there’s a topic you’d like to discuss or if you’d be interested in speaking at a future event, please contact Vanessa Weddell.

If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about these events, please contact Sarah Cutress to be added to the mailing list.