Why GDPR is a local government game changer, and what to do about it

GDPR may be just four little letters, but it’s a colossal issue for organisations and businesses of all sizes. An acronym for General Data Protection Regulation, it represents how the law is changing in relation to data protection. And as local government and public sector organisations work with significant volumes of data – and data that is often very sensitive – GDPR, and getting compliant with it, should be at the forefront of all such organisations.

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Why GDPR is a local government game changer, and what to do about it

Queen’s speech: what to watch for and what’s missing

Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm

Her Majesty’s 64th Queen’s speech involved less ceremony than usual. As a result of the Conservative party lacking an overall majority in Parliament it also lacked several measures promised in that party’s manifesto.

Those councils involved in the development of autonomous vehicles will be interested in a bill which would extend motor insurance to cover them. But there is material in the speech for all Socitm members to consider – as well as gaps the government should think about filling.

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Queen’s speech: what to watch for and what’s missing

Your GDPR roadmap? Here’s a highway code

By Sue Lal (pictured, inset), Client Director at Protocol Policy Systems, a Socitm partner company

Have you read Socitm’s latest Insight briefing on the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

It’s particularly notable as in last year, ten per cent (216) of all reported data security incidents came from local government; second only behind the health sector with 876 reported incidents.1

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Your GDPR roadmap? Here’s a highway code

LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services

By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is extending its local work by running pilots with local services using GOV.UK Verify, as well as conducting research into how to better support local service delivery. This was the message to the Local CIO Council (LCIOC) at its 16 March meeting in London.

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LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services