The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018, to replace the current Data Protection Act. It's the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years and it will introduce new requirements for how organisations process personal data. It means that we have to revalidate our permission from members to hold and use personal data, and also to communicate with them. We are now starting a campaign to address this law. All members who have given us an email address have been contacted, and those who rely on snail mail will be covered by NABO News distributed in May 18.
We need all members to take action to accept the new requirements by logging in to the web site and amend their profile, or writing to us confirming acceptance.
The main changes are:
- We have to record the date and way we get that agreement, either on the web site or by correspondence.
- We have to provide the means to delete personal data. Members can do this themselves on line or can request the membership team to do so.
The following is my report - I have used some notes from Andy Tidy’s report (mostly the finances as he explains it better than I could) As these are my recollections from notes they are not designed as an exact record and are not minutes. Therefore , they should not be accepted as such.
We were invited to York this year. Owing to constraints of dialysis, I opted to do a long day - getting up at 4.45am, getting a train at 6am and arriving at York at 8.15am, where we were met by two young ladies from the Leeds Office with a sign and everything. Once everyone that was coming by train arrived, it was a short stroll to the bus taking us the 6 miles to Naburn Lock - a fascinating place - Kenny, the Lock keeper has been there over 30 years - his cottage is flooded on average 5 times a year and he remains remarkably sanguine about this fact.
CRT have just announced the outocme of the long consulation on licensing.
The headline changes, to be phased in over five years from April 2019, are that:
Is anyone listening?
Editor Peter Fellows has a little rant
As 2017 draws to a close, it is clear that CRT is focussed on its grant renewal, which will require it to demonstrate to Government that it has widespread popular support. This means promoting the waterways to millions of walkers, cyclists, canoeists and gongoozlers as part of its wellbeing or ‘green gym’ campaign. The 35,000 boaters are incidental to this. As a result, NABO is becoming increasingly concerned that its voice is not being listened to by senior CRT managers and directors. We are no longer a ‘critical friend’; just critical. Members who attended the AGM in November discussed the long list of recent decisions by CRT that have disregarded the advice offered by NABO (and CRT’s National Advisory Groups), and Fly on the Wall recorded some of these for this issue. There is also an article by Jenny Maxwell, reprinted from a Facebook forum, which sums up the frustrations felt by a large number of boaters and boating organisations. We will wait to see if the recent restructuring of senior CRT staff makes any difference. But let’s not hold our breath ‒ none has boating experience and, with the replacement of Trustee, John Dodwell, this means that there are now no boaters on the CRT Board. The EA doesn’t fare any better: having consulted on proposed increases to boat registration fees, it ignored the consultation findings and went ahead with the original proposals for steep hikes in the costs. A diligent boater has also found that EA’s introduction of charges for mooring on the Thames is illegal.