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Published: 27 January 2021
“We aim to be clear and accountable in how we approach our duties and in our published Strategic Plan we set out our desire to build awareness and engagement throughout our whole community using an array of different tools and approaches including the roll-out of our schools’ programme, podcasts, newsletters, sector specific events, to name but a few. More recently we have tried to give timely and relevant information to businesses that have had their work disrupted by the public health crisis.
“One of the many strengths of the Bailiwick is its community. The pandemic and all the enormous challenges that continues to present, has highlighted the extraordinary power of being together and working together towards a common goal.”
Richard Field, Chairman of the BGDPA, remarked on the organisation’s activities and its role in the regulated community.
“This truly is a community effort and there are so many new opportunities for jurisdictions like ours to work collaboratively in a smart and innovative way in this field.”
International Data Protection Day, which is held on 28 January each year, commemorates the signing of the convention by the Council of Europe in 1981 which was the first, legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. 15 years ago, the Council launched the day to help raise awareness of the issues and our rights regarding data.
“The BGDPA was established as a forum for anyone working with personal data to share experiences, ideas and concerns in a global regulatory environment evolving at a blistering pace. We have established a programme of events and continue to act as a liaison between industry and the regulator, providing feedback on consultations and addressing queries and concerns.
“Whilst many of the issues we see relate to businesses in the financial services sector, data protection affects every one of us as citizens and all businesses handling customer data, regardless of sector. The benefits (and challenges) are common to us all. The lockdown has brought additional hurdles to overcome, but our experience from 2020 will stand us in good stead.”