William Eichler 31 March 2016

Councils must reform information governance arrangements, says Socitm

Councils must reform information governance arrangements, says Socitm image

Councils should review their information governance arrangements ahead of impending changes to data protection and online privacy laws, warns Socitm.

The society for digital leaders has published a new briefing outlining changes to data protection regulation, which are likely to be in place from 2018.

Entitled Data Protection, the report advises local authorities to prepare to update the information governance arrangements they currently have in place so they are ready for the enforcement of the new regulations.

A new EU-US Privacy Shield will be brought in to replace the Safe Harbor agreement of 2000. Operationally, the report says, the privacy shield will be at least as safe as before for UK public services to use US cloud service providers.

The second change will be the introduction of European Data Protection Regulation. This will update the law to accommodate new technologies and usage, such as online business transactions, social media and cloud computing.

The key principles set out in the draft are to increase digital security for individuals; make the data protection legislation suitable for the digital age; and reduce bureaucracy.

Dr Andy Hopkirk, head of research at Socitm, said: ‘Accommodating the changes will be a matter of amending existing processes rather than inventing new ones.’

He also warned some of the changes may be ‘onerous and problematic’.

For more on data protection, see our most recent comment piece.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Early Interventions

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Social Worker - Early Interventions Permanent, Full Time £32,065 - £43,839 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Local Linked Support Team

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
This is a full time fixed term contract for 12 month or a 12 month Secondment.About the RoleThis is a community-based role within the Harlow area. You England, Essex, Epping
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Property and Projects Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.(pro rata)
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise junior staff and deputise in the absence of the Senior Property Lawyer. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Training and Quality Assurance Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £26801 per annum
The OpportunityEssex Registration Service is one of the largest authorities in the Country, serving thousands of customers in the Registration of Bir England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Officer

Camden London Borough Council
We have recently changed the way that we work so that we are more responsive to... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue