Charity Data Governance: A CaSE Insurance Charity Seminar

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We brought together some great speakers for our charity data governance seminar hosted by Bates Wells Braithwaite. The aim of the seminar: to brief charity leaders on ‘data’, the regulations around data governance and security and to discuss the relevant insurance landscape where data is concerned.

We started the afternoon with Hannah Lyons, Associate Solicitor at Bates Wells Braithwaite, who took us through the current Data Protection Act and the incoming (yes, still incoming, despite Brexit) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Hannah explained the changes that were expected and how charities might be affected.

Kathryn McInnes, from the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, continued the discussion on data. Kathryn took us through how the Rainbow Trust handles sensitive data and how they deal with sharing the data they hold.

Next up, Peter Coates from NHS Digital introduced us to Code4Health. Code4Health provides a potentially invaluable technical support structure for organisations offering care services who identify common issues and are willing to work together to resolve them. You can read more about Code4Health here:

Finally, Nick Rudnai wrapped up the afternoon’s proceedings with a discussion on the related insurance issues. This is an emerging type of insurance cover that is increasingly being considered by charities. However, in the first instance, it’s important to understand where your main risk exposures are and what cover you may already have in place.

Key Takeaways

The GDPR is coming and there will be changes.

You should seek advice on how the differences between the current DPA and the new GDPR will affect your charity. You may need to change how you operate (whenever data is involved) and how you store and share information. Bates Wells Braithwaite are specialist solicitors for the charity sector and are well-placed to provide consultation on this matter.

Cyber Liability isn’t for everyone!

Your current insurance arrangements (your public liability, trustee indemnity and professional indemnity insurances) are likely to provide some cover for the same instances that Cyber Liability is there for. CaSE Insurance has written a thorough briefing document on insurance cover for data protection and cyber liability; if you require any advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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