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Scarborough, Filey and Whitby Neighbourhood Watch Being Hampered by GDPR

Scarborough, Filey and Whitby Neighbourhood Watch Being Hampered by GDPR

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 13th January 2020. (Updated at 10:45am 13th January 2020)

Neighbourhood Watch organisations in North Yorkshire say their efforts to help crack down on crime are being hampered by the GDPR data regulations.

Before the regulations came into force the local groups received a feed of information from North Yorkshire Police about vehicles and people to watch out for.

Since the changes that information sharing has stopped.

Terry Wallace is chair of the neighbourhood watch association for Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, he says efforts to put new compliant communications systems in place have been making little progress.

He's concerned about the impact.

The group lost access to North Yorkshire Police's Community Messenger system when the new data regulations came in to force three years ago and has been unable to access information about its own members which was stored on the system.

Negotiations with the police about restoring access have failed and watch chairman Terry Wallace says they now have no choice but to transfer to a completely different system.


A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: 

“Due to changes in data protection legislation which came into effect in 2018, in conjunction with North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch ceasing to exist as a county association which ended any legally binding information sharing and data processing agreements, we had to suspend the Neighbourhood Watch access to our CMS for internal communication purposes. 

Nevertheless, Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch members continue to receive notifications from their local policing teams through the CMS channel. Internal Neighbourhood Watch communication has been facilitated by North Yorkshire Police when requested and we are currently working hard to transfer their data to the national Neighbourhood Watch communication system to facilitate their internal communication requirements.”


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