While the coronavirus sweeps across the world, we feel particular concern for you, especially those of you in all health services and community groups which are forming to help protect our valuable community.
Whether you are working from home, at your usual place of work or helping out via community groups, we hope that you and your family will manage to avoid the virus.
We are all humbled by everyone’s efforts, this is however a brief but simple plea to keep everyone’s personal information safe and secure, some of which could be very sensitive, even during this terrible time. Whilst this might feel of lower priority given the magnitude of what we are facing it is important to ensure that discretion, respect and integrity is maintained.
Data protection requirements will not stop the critical use of personal information to support efforts to tackle this global pandemic. The universal data protection principles in all our laws will enable the use of data in the public interest and still provide the protections the public expects. Data protection authorities stand ready to help facilitate swift and safe data sharing to fight COVID-19.
To help you assist Jersey’s vulnerable community we are giving you a few headline key personal information tips which you must follow. None of us wish to see volunteers putting themselves or community members at any more risk than they already are. The law covering personal information integrity (Data Protection) lists simple measures which keeps people’s information safe;
Everyone has a right to dignity, privacy and confidentiality and volunteer groups should take care not to use data collected to impose assistance on those who have not actively sought help.
The Government of Jersey has set up a Community Taskforce to ensure key organisations are able to access volunteers. This helps to ensure voluntary work on the island is done in a safe and sustainable way. To offer your help, please register at www.volunteer.je
Advice and guidance about the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 is available on the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner's website or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can telephone (01534) 716530.
A useful document for you all: Data Protection Principles