Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape. In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations holding personal data, including constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs, will need to give more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.
The RFU is pleased to provide guidance and resources via a toolkit, to help constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs work towards GDPR compliance, ahead of the Regulation coming in to force. The toolkit provides an overview of the Regulation, what it means for rugby, and some practical steps you can take to help prepare. It also contains some template policies and procedures you can put in place. It can be viewed and/or downloaded from http://www.englandrugby.com/governance/club-support/gdpr/.
Further support is available via the RFU’s Legal Helpline on 0330 303 1877. Please note, the RFU itself is not able to give specific legal advice to clubs, referee societies, or constituent bodies.