WJPS Respond to ICO Revelation Parish Council Clerks Concerns over use of Personal Email and Devices

At the recent Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) Leadership in Action Conference 2019, Parish Council Clerks ranked the use of personal email and devices as their top data protection concern.

Although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) doesn’t state that Councils can’t use their own email address and devices, it could bear more risks which councils need to be aware of. A Council has an obligation relating to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all personal data it holds, meaning a Council is accountable for any business it conducts through any personal data on any device or through any email account. Therefore, the use of personal devices and email accounts could raise the risk that personal data is used for different purposes from which it was originally collected. Furthermore, if copies of data are stored on numerous different devices, there’s an increase risk that it’ll become out of date or inaccurate.

How can the WJPS system help?

WJP Software Ltd Web Communication System (WCS) offers a way of holding private documents centrally meaning everyone has access to the most up to date document in a secure environment. Furthermore, when a document is changed WCS can email members to let them know meaning members don’t have the documents on their email in the first place and therefore, are less likely to need to download and keep documents on personal devices.

The system also allows us to provide backed up Office 365 Email Accounts for all Councillors, again helping ensure that the Council is complying with the latest GDPR and Data Protection legislation.

Discover how our WCS solution assists Councils

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Published: 12/09/2019 Published by: Brandon Kyaw

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