Charity Retail Association issue free GDPR guide

The Charity Retail Association has today (4 June 2018) issued a guide – produced by law firm Birketts – on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became law last month.

The 58-page guide has been written to assist Charity Retail Association members with GDPR compliance in the context of operating charity shops, particularly in relation to the Retail Gift Aid Scheme.

It covers a wide range of topics, such as direct marketing, using EPoS systems, and how to ensure staff and volunteers adhere to the new regulation, plus guidance on sharing data if charities use a trading subsidiary.

Distributed free to Charity Retail Association members, the guide is intended to provide an overview of the law, and to identify specific actions that charities should take to ensure compliance with legal requirements in that context.

Robin Osterley, Charity Retail Association CEO, said: “We are delighted to issue this guide to GDPR, produced by legal firm Birketts, which gives our members clear guidance on how to remain compliant with GDPR.

“The charity retail sector must ensure that the public, charity shop staff, and volunteers have confidence that their personal data is handled currently and within the law. This new guide will help them achieve this.”

Liz Brownsell, Co-Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Birketts, said “We are delighted to have worked with the Charity Retail Association to produce this guide for the benefit of its members and hope that charities operating the Retail Gift Aid scheme in their shops find it helpful for compliance with the recent changes in law under GDPR”.

Charity Retail Association members can download the guide for free in the members’ section of this website.