On Wednesday 19th September, Kusuma Trust Gibraltar hosted a data protection workshop for local charities. The half-day session was delivered in collaboration with the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) and Isolas LLP.
The focus of the workshop was the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on 25th May this year, and introduces a number of new data protection obligations for organisations and new rights for individuals.
Representatives from over thirty local charities attended and were given practical, expert advice on how GDPR affects local charities and what measures need to be taken in order to ensure compliance with the legislation and avoid penalties or fines.
The workshop was hosted by local law firm Isolas LLP and was followed by an informal networking lunch which enabled individuals to raise specific queries and concerns with the panel of experts.
Bradley Tosso, Head of Information Rights at the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, commented: “We are grateful to Kusuma Trust for this initiative on behalf of the charity sector and the Commissioner's office was delighted to be able to participate and provide guidance. The event was very engaging and useful, both as an opportunity for local charities to learn about the new legislation, but also for us to hear about the issues that charities deal with regard to data protection here in Gibraltar. Collaborating and working together to help ensure compliance and build trust is key.”
James Montado, Managing Associate at Isolas LLP, added: “Charities face many of the same GDPR challenges as other sectors. We were happy to share some useful insight in relation to the impact of GDPR on the charities sector as well as some practical advice on how charities can achieve compliance. As a firm, we take pride in having a long tradition of supporting charities and charitable causes and we were delighted to be able to support and assist the Kusuma Trust with their latest initiative.”
Kusuma Trust Gibraltar is a family led philanthropic organisation that supports education programmes, community projects and the work of local charities to benefit those living and working in Gibraltar. Kusuma aims to inspire excellence in education, enhance opportunities of education outside curriculum and support and provide matched grants to support community initiatives that make a lasting difference. It is currently accepting applications for its Professional Development Award, which supports individuals working in Gibraltar to undertake professional development courses where there is no funding available from the Government or their employer. Recipients of the funding must be working in areas that directly benefit those living and working in Gibraltar. The closing date for applications is Friday 28th September.
For further information about Kusuma Trust please visit www.kusumatrust.gi