By Greg Duke
Nearly a year ago, many nonprofit organizations in the United States were scrambling to meet the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) implementation deadline of May 25, 2018. Last spring, when I spoke with several advancement services and prospect research professionals in the US, there was a great deal of confusion about what GDPR would mean to their fundraising activities across the Atlantic. The great hope was that, in due time, a lot of this confusion would be resolved by further instructions from the European Union, which would clarify the rules fundraising institutions have to follow. Unfortunately, during this time, little has been decided about the future of data protection regulations and what those regulations mean with regards to fundraising institutions in the US.
By - Greg Duke
Many of you in the nonprofit world have heard about GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) and its consequences for the protection of data for individuals in the European Union and the United Kingdom. There have been a lot of rumors and stories involving the consequences for American nonprofits which fail to protect their European-based alumni or donor constituents.
In this article, I will demystify GDPR and help point American database managers and others involved in the maintenance of data in the right direction to follow European and UK law.