Data Protection Guidance – incorporating GDPR

Changes to the way Neighbourhood Watch uses members’ data come into force in May 2018.

We have prepared the Guidance document below for our Force Areas and London Borough Associations and NW scheme coordinators to remind you of your obligations under data protection legislation and to help you understand what the new changes mean.

This Guidance has been prepared after extensive consultation with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) our members and other partners.

This Guidance has been prepared to take account of the much publicised changes under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that come into effect on 25th May 2018.

We have received reassurance from the ICO that there is no need for Neighbourhood Watch to reaffirm the consent of our current members for their data to be used for the purposes of communication and scheme administration by either their local force area or London borough associations, Neighbourhood Watch coordinators or Neighbourhood Watch Network (on the national Scheme Register).

Going forward this consent will need to be evidenced for new members joining us. Changes are underway to the national Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Register on Neighbourhood Alert to ensure that the system is fully compliant by 25th May 2018 and it is easier for Neighbourhood Watch members to register and their consent to be evidenced.

While NWN recommends that member data be stored on the national NW Scheme Register or other secure network – such as OWL – if force areas or coordinators choose to continue to keep their own hard copy or electronic records, please use the customisable form below.