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GDPR FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Further guidance, including 12 practical steps towards GDPR alignment for local Executive Committees.

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Updated: September 7 2021

Here are some frequently asked questions about the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Read the 12 practical steps towards GDPR alignment for local Executive Committees.

Data protection is a wide-ranging subject and is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which produces a large amount of relevant guidance. If you have any queries or if in any doubt, members should check the guidance provided by the ICO on its website as this is the best and most direct source of relevant information on data protection.

As a reminder, Scout Groups, Districts, Counties/Areas/Regions (Scotland) and Countries are separate charities and The Scout Association, as a national charity, is not accountable for the respective alignment of the GDPR of each individual charity. Responsibility to be aligned with the GDPR rests with the respective Executive Committee, and it’s our intention to sign-post appropriate resources to support local Scouting in fulfilling this important responsibility. Each adult Member and Associate Member must also ensure that they comply with data protection law when handling any personal data.

This information is provided as guidance only and is not exhaustive. It does not supersede, amend or negate the provisions of the GDPR or any other applicable data protection legislation. For more detailed or specific guidance please see the ICO website.