As I’m sure many of you are aware, the JCR has recently been sending out lots of emails recently asking for your consent to collect data for events such as the Summer Ball or to use your name or photograph in publications. Whilst many people simply send their permissions across without hesitation, a number of people have asked why we have had to start doing this. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a very basic 250ish word lowdown from the understanding of this JCR President! (If you’d like a full explanation of the regulation visit: https://www.eugdpr.org/gdpr-faqs.html).
The EU, of which the UK is still a part, has recently introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and this is the reason we are required to get your affirmative consent for pretty much everything. The regulation is ‘subject’ focused which means it is in favour of the right of the data subject (the person the data relates to). This means that a data controller, such as the JCR, has to have the clear, unambiguous informed consent of the controller to use their data in any way.
Now, above I used the word ‘informed’ and that is key to why you guys have to sign, read before submitting an online form or respond to emails to ensure we can operate as usual. The controller therefore has to be informed of when the processor will destroy data and how the data will be used when the processor requires it.
As I’m sure you’ll agree, the JCR is doing everything it can to ensure that the above is in place to make sure that we can run all of our fantastic events and comply with this new regulation. So, thank you for all of your support and cooperation to date and we hope that we can soon make the process a streamlined one to make everyone’s life easier!