The Deputy Commissioner (Policy) of the ICO, Steve Wood, has published a blog addressing some of the myths around the new data protection law in the lead up to Christmas.
Here's a summary of the common misconceptions it addresses:
- You can’t contact parents to tell them what stall they will be running at the school Xmas Fayre because you don’t have their express consent;
- Churches cannot ask for Christmas prayers for named parishioners who are ill or sick, because their health data is protected;
- Children can’t write public letters to Santa as their parents’ permission will be needed;
- You can’t give a delivery driver directions to someone else’s home;
- GDPR means you can’t get a refund if you buy something online as a ‘guest’ rather than a ‘registered user’ and it turns out to be faulty;
- Christmas cards are banned if you don’t have the recipients’ consent; and
- Parents can’t film or take pictures of their child’s Nativity play.
If you'd like to get answers to these questions, read the full ICO blog here.
A humorous quote from the blog:
“He’s making a list,
“He’s checking it twice,
“He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice,
“Santa Claus is in contravention of Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.”
If your business keeps in mind the general data protection rules and the principles of proportionality, balance and reasonable expectations, you'll stay on the right side of the law.
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In the latest of our series of GDPR myth-busting blogs, a new post by Deputy Commissioner (Policy) Steve Wood tackles some misconceptions which have sprung up around how the new data protection law might affect your Christmas.