The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on the 25th May 2018. The new regulation replaced the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

The Regulation applies to Approved Voluntary Housing Associations. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.

What are the legitimate/lawful grounds that a Voluntary Housing Association can collect and process data?

  • Consent – if there is no other basis for collecting the data, then explicit written consent is required
  • Legitimate interests, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject. This may imply a benefit inherent in
    processing for that company itself or perhaps for wider society
  • Legal obligation e.g. under legislations such as the Residential Tenancies Act, Housing Acts, Health Act, Health and Safety Act
  • Public interest
  • Contractual necessity

If you need more information or support with regard to General Data Protection Regulation for Voluntary Housing Associations,

contact Voluntary Housing Support Services at 085 1901899