Corsham community urged to take part in personal data rights project

By Anita Jaynes on 5 April, 2018

Local people in Corsham are being encouraged to take part in a new initiative which will be co-designed with them to build awareness of their personal data rights and how to use them.

The ‘Your Data, Your Rights’ project, which is being run by Corsham Institute (Ci), will coincide with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which provides new data rights to citizens as of May 25 2018. All organisations will have to comply with important principles in relation to the processing of individuals’ personal data. However, many people don’t know what happens to their data online, what their rights are or how to exercise them.

For phase one of the project, Ci has launched an online survey to ask as many people as possible who live, work and study in the greater Corsham area about what they know, and how they feel, about their personal data – like email addresses, phone numbers and bank details – and the way it is used by organisations.

Based on the survey feedback, Ci will work with the people of Corsham to identify and co-produce the information they need to develop a greater understanding of their rights and how and when they can use them.

Rachel Neaman, CEO of Ci, said: “With growing public concern around the security and privacy of their personal information, we want as many people as possible in Corsham to get involved with our survey and share their thoughts. The Your Data, Your Rights project will be designed with the community because we think this is the best way to help people understand their rights and find practical solutions about how to act on them. We hope it will enable the Corsham community to become one of the best informed areas of the country when it comes to management of personal information.”

To complete the survey click here.

To find out more about the Corsham Institute visit: www.corshaminstitute.org