Data Protection

What is data protection?

The Data Protection Act determines how personal information is used by organisations including charities, businesses and government bodies. The regulator is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and they provide a wealth of guidance on compliance.

What does data protection have to do with open data?

Open data should not contain personal or sensitive personal data that could allow a living person to be identified (there are exceptions but these don’t apply to 360Giving). Data published to the 360Giving standard should be anonymised to protect privacy as outlined in the ICO’s anonymisation code of practice.