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Plain English approach to Public Statements

Published: 5 August 2022

In August 2022 the Data Protection Authority started using Plain English elements in its Public Statements to help make them more understandable. 

Although it is sometimes necessary to use legal language, Plain English is used wherever possible, because data protection is for all of us, not just for lawyers.

The Authority’s Communication Strategy details its commitment to Plain English. So, from now on all Public Statements will include answers to the four questions below, in addition to a Technical Statement and a Legal Framework:
  1. What happened?
  2. Why was that a problem?
  3. What has happened as a result?
  4. What can be learned from this?
Public Statements (as defined in Section 64 of The Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2017) are a ‘reserved function’ of the Authority, which means only the Authority itself (not the ODPA) can issue them.

You can read all Public Statements under the 'Enforce' section of this page