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Scarborough Councillor 'Refuses' Mandatory Data Protection Training

Scarborough Town Hall

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 3:20pm 17th April 2018. (Updated at 9:14am 24th April 2018)

A Scarborough Borough Councillor has apparently refused to take part in data protection training.

Councillor John Nock made the announcement when addressing the cabinet this morning. The mandatory training is part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into affect from the government next month. 

GDPR is an EU regulation law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. 

Speaking this morning, Councillor Nock said:

"The second phase of training is now available to members which has to be completed by 25 May.

I would urge all members to do it, it is not recommended, it is obligatory. If one member is not compliant, then the authority is not compliant in GDPR."

Councillor Joe Plant then asked:

"Have all members completed the first session of the training?"

Councillor Nock responded:

"I know one member has refused."

Councillor Plant then asked:

"So if that one member has refused to take the training session, then this council will not be compliant on 25 May?"

To which Councillor Nock said:

"That is true. We are looking at alternative sanctions or actions that can be taken if that refusal still stands."

David Kitson, Deputy Monitoring Officer at the council then summed up:

"It is essential all members complete the training. If a member doesn't complete the training, there is a risk that individual is not processing personal data in accordance with the legislation and as Councillor Nock has mentioned, we can take certain measures to negate that risk. 

That can be restricting access to information and iPads, however it's hoped that we don't have to take those measures."

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