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UK Statistics Authority Guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Purpose:

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, in May 2018 brought about major changes to the way that government departments can process personal data, encouraging greater transparency and accountability. Interpretation of this new legislative framework will be an ongoing process, particularly in relation to data processed for statistical purposes, which enjoys a number of exemptions in both EU and domestic law. To aid in this interpretation the Inter-Administration Committee commissioned the UK Statistics Authority to produce guidance that could be used by data protection practitioners within the offices of producers of official statistics.

The results of that commission are the four attached documents:
• UK Statistics Authority Guidance on the Safeguards of Statistical Processing
• UK Statistics Authority Guidance on Statistical Exemptions to the Data Subject Rights
• UK Statistics Authority Guidance on the Lawfulness of Processing for Statistical Purposes
• UK Statistics Authority Guidance on the Provision of Information to Data Subjects

These documents were produced in consultation with the Information Commissioner's Office and in partnership with colleagues from National Records Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Welsh Government, the Department of Work and Pensions and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The UK Statistics Authority is grateful to all those who have assisted in this piece of work.

For further information on data protection in official statistics, the following links may be useful:
Better Use of Data on the UK Statistics Authority website, which provides further information, guidance and resources about the Statistics and Research strands of the Digital Economy Act 2017; and
Data protection on the Office for National Statistics website, which provides privacy information for ONS data subjects and contains a link to the UK Statistics Authority data protection policy.

Target audience:

Data protection practitioners within the offices of producers of official statistics.

Policy details

Metadata item Details
Version number:1.0
Effective date:11 October 2018
Primary contact:

UK Statistics Authority Data Protection Officer:
DPO@statistics.gov.uk

Author:UK Statistics Authority
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UKSA Guidance on Statistical Exemptions to the Data Subject Rights

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UKSA Guidance on the Lawfulness of Processing for Statistical Purposes

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UKSA Guidance on the Provision of Information to Data Subjects

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UKSA Guidance on the Safeguards of Statistical Processing

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0.29MB
Effective date
11 October 2018
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