April 2018

New General Data Protection Regulations

The new General Data Protection Regulations are now in place, with a date for compliance set at 25th May 2018. By this date it will be necessary for all clubs and associations to be operating in alignment with the new legislation. This is basically explained in the attached document NSRA GDPR Guidance for Clubs and Associations which is also available on the NSRA website.

We strongly recommend that your club or association develops its own Privacy Policy to help ensure compliance with the new legislation. A template for this has been produced called NSRA Club Privacy Policy Template that gives a layout of the necessary content for a policy. It may be necessary to add or remove sections in the tables to fit your organisations use of data. However, it must also be noted that it may be insufficient to continue operating in exactly the same way. You may therefore need to change the way you collect and handle data to suit the new regulations.

Clubs that are not Home Office Approved and airgun only clubs will need to remove the elements of the policy template that relate to this as a reason to process data. This also applies to most Counties and Regions. These are under the section Data processed under our legal obligation.

We recommend that when a person takes on any level of membership as part of the application you ask for consent to hold and process their data. Ideally this should be done on joining or refreshed annually on renewal. If the Privacy Policy has been completed a statement such as:

The (insert club name) will store and use your personal data for the purposes of administering the club and your involvement in club activities. The data will be collected and processed in accordance with the (insert club name) Privacy Policy. I understand that by submitting this form I am consenting to my data being used in this way. 



Parent/Guardian if under 18:


The club or association then needs to provide access to the policy by posting it on their website (if they have one) and by making email or paper copies available on joining and renewal.

Once the above statements are collected it is useful to keep them as part of membership records and represent a positive opt-in to the data being collected if it becomes necessary to prove compliance.

If you need further information please contact us directly. Yours sincerely,

NSRA Membership 

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Guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation for NSRA Clubs, Counties and Other Affiliated Organisations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is already in force and the deadline for compliance is 25th May 2018. Although this is a European based piece of legislation it is unlikely to change as a result of leaving the European Union. There are some changes that will affect target shooting clubs that need to be addressed as the GDPR applies to any data controllers or data processors. In order to run a club you will have to collect personal data about members so GDPR will definitely apply to you.

The fines associated with breaches of GDPR have increased significantly. Currently the highest fine is £500,000. Under the GDPR they will be able to issue fines up to 20 million euros or 4% of the annual turnover (whichever is the higher) for serious breaches at large companies.


Under the new regulations, organisations must have a lawful reason (there are six to choose from) to process data, where that reason is consent they must keep a thorough record of how and when an individual gave that consent to store and use their personal data. Consent will mean active agreement where the individual opt in. Consent can no longer be inferred from, say, a pre-ticked box. Organisations will have to show a clear audit trail of consent. This will mean clubs and associations will have to be able to clearly demonstrate they were given permission to store and use the data – for instance, saving consent forms etc.

Individuals also have the right to withdraw consent at any time, easily and swiftly. When somebody does withdraw consent, their details must be permanently erased, and not just deleted from a mailing list. GDPR gives individuals to some degree the right to be forgotten. This may not apply where another lawful reason has been given – for example legal obligation, however you must advise the individual in this case.

People have the right to know exactly what personal data you hold, where it is located (e.g. on PCs, on servers, or in the Cloud), know that it is secure and have procedures in place to ensure its complete removal when a request to do so is made.

Information Commissioners Office notifications

You no longer have to notify the ICO as a data controller. However if you are currently a not-for profit organisation you probably haven’t had to so far anyway. You will still need to register for use of CCTV.

Key principles

The GDPR provides the following basic rights for individuals; the right to be informed, the right of access, the right to rectification, the right to erasure, the right to restrict processing, the right to data portability, the right to object and rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

For the majority of clubs the main points to consider with regard to personal data are:

  • They tell people what they are collecting
  • The lawful reason you are processing the data
  • They get their permission to do so if required
  • They tell people who they will share it with and for what purpose
  • They process it securely
  • It is updated regularly and accurately
  • It is limited to what the club needs
  • Remove it when it’s no longer necessary
  • It is used only for the purpose for which it is collected 
  • Is only used for marketing purposes if the individual has given the club consent to do so.


You will need to give people more information and you need to tell people about how and what you do with their data at the point that you collect it. Even if you are a small club it will still apply although the risk is reduced. If you collect and store any personal data you will have to manage it in accordance with current data protection principles.


There are additional protections for children’s personal data. If you collect children’s personal data then you need to make sure that your privacy policy is written in plain simple English and if you offer an online service to children (say membership), you may need to obtain consent from the parent or guardian to process the personal data.

Data used by Clubs

The data that most clubs collect and process can be done for three lawful reasons:

  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation
  • Processing data is necessary for the administration of membership which is effectively a contract for a service.
  • Consent has been given by an individual to the processing of data by opting in to this for specific purposes.

Things we have to collect for legal reasons

Firearms clubs have a legal requirement to hold data under Firearm Amendment Act 1988 c.45 Exemptions Section 15 – Firearms clubs. These include:

Member's, probationary members and shooting guests names and address

  • Date and place of birth
  • FAC details
  • Club Attendance and firearms used
  • Dates full and probationary membership commenced and ended.

These are necessary to fulfil obligations to operate a Home Office (HO) Approved Club.

Things we collect as part of a “contract” for a service – club membership

To run any kind of club some data will need to be collected and processed. In shooting clubs this can include:

  • Member's, probationary members and shooting guests, names, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address
  • Dates full and probationary membership commenced and ended.
  • Date of birth / age related information.
  • Gender.
  • FAC details
  • Section 21 declaration
  • References
  • Disabilities
  • Emergency contact details.
  • Member's photograph
  • First Aiders names
  • Qualifications
  • Competency.

Things we collect that require consent

Things that may require consent include:

  • Members, probationary members and shooting guests, names address, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses
  • Date of birth/age related information.
  • Gender.
  • Disabilities
  • Competency
  • Qualifications
  • Scores
  • Photos and videos of members and their firearms
  • Instructor’s name, address, email addresses, phone numbers and relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Although there is a lot of cross-over between these lists you cannot collect data for legal reasons and then use it for something else. These reasons need to be included in the respective parts of the clubs Privacy Policy.

Generally consent will be harder to achieve. If consent is required to collect data there must be a positive opt-in not an assumption or a pre-ticked box. When individuals provide you with their details, make sure you are clear and transparent about why you have it and what you will do with their information. This is best achieved by having a good Privacy Policy that outlines this information and can be referred to when people give you their personal details. This will save effort in the future.

Club Privacy Policy

Privacy is one of the cornerstones of GDPR and Privacy Policies should work together with consent. Clubs and associations are encouraged to develop their own privacy policy which should include the data that is collected, what it is to be used for and any sharing that is necessary to carry out the functions of the club. The NSRA has produced a template (NSRA Club Privacy Policy Template) for clubs and other organisations to use that covers many of the uses and sharing of data that a club requires. This can be found on the NSRA website. Once a Policy has been produced it makes statements about data collection easier to generate and use. Such a statement might be:

The (insert club name) will store and use your personal data for the purposes of administering the club and your involvement in club activities. The data will be collected and processed in accordance with the (insert club name) Privacy Policy which can be found (enter location). I understand that by submitting this form I have read the policy and I am consenting to my data being used in this way.

This should be signed and dated and retained with membership records as a positive opt in to the clubs data processing. This will make it easier to prove compliance in the future should it be required. If juniors are involved in an application the signature of the Parent or Guardian should be included on this section of the form.

Although it’s true that people have the right to restrict data processing being a member of a club is basically entering into a contract for a service with the club. Also for HO approved clubs the data held under HO approval is a legal requirement. If they don't let you hold it, you can't comply with the requirements so they can't be involved. If they don't want to sign up to the contract then they will not be able to be part of your club. That said please look at the data you hold and see if it is really necessary to fulfil the club's requirements.

Also, privacy needs to be built in at the design stage of any new systems. For example, if you are planning on putting in place a new system electronic or otherwise, then you need to consider whether there is adequate security to protect personal data. The means of securing data also need to be included in the policy.

Some activities where collecting data may need additional consent and privacy statements membership and club management

Processing of membership forms and payments in order to run the club and comply with legal requirements are necessary and part of membership. However, you need to be aware that data may be shared with committee members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals or invitation to social events. Also, publishing of competition results, website management and other sharing needs to be considered.

Competitions and events

If you organise competitions booking forms may need to be changed. This is because data regarding shooters results will be passed to other organisations to publish, the individual entering the event needs to be aware of this. Therefore, if you organise an event, to comply with the GDPR, organisers should include on entry forms something along the lines of:

"You agree that we may publish your personal information as part of the results of the event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, selection or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, scores and age category......"

Training and coaching

You may need to inform squad or team members and coaches that you need to share data with other coaches or officials to administer training sessions. You may also need to tell them that you will need to share scores etc. with other squad coaches, selectors etc.

Competition entry

If you deal with competition entries you may need to inform people that you intend to share data with club team managers to enter events, share data with other clubs, leagues, county associations, uniformed groups and other competition providers for entry in events.

Funding and reporting to funders

Sometimes we share data with a funding partner as condition of grant funding e.g. Local Authority. If your club or association has accessed funding and individual’s data is to be shared you will need to get consent or anonymise it. It is good practice to tell people if anonymised data analysed to monitor club trends.

Marketing and communications

If your club or association does any marketing then there are further considerations. You may send information about promotions and offers from sponsors (say a local gun shop), sending club newsletters or sending information about selling club kit, merchandise or fundraising. These will also require consent.


Privacy is one of the key principles of GDPR and so security is important to prevent people’s data getting into the wrong hands. If a club keeps its membership records “in the Cloud” (e.g. via shared files on DropBox or Google Drive, or via a bespoke or commercially available membership system) the club must make sure that data is secure. When storing anything online you need to ensure personal data is encrypted. Things like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive have built in security measures for the protection of files whilst in storage or in the process of being shared. If you use other software then you need to enquire about its security.

The physical security of data is also important. Paper documents can get into the wrong hands easily and this could easily become a data breach. Transportation of data in any format (including paper) should be seen as a threat to information security. For example, a member of committee has files stolen from their car or leaves them on a train. These are all real-world situations where paper documents can get into the wrong hands and it’s a good idea to have measures in place to prevent this.

Keeping data

Retention policies need to be clear. You can’t keep data for longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. You also need to inform people how long you will keep their personal data and you can’t keep it indefinitely. However, there are legal reasons for shooting organisations to retain data e.g.

Home Office Approved clubs need to keep data related to that for a minimum of 6 years. Also for NSRA Clubs and the insurance provided through affiliation claims may go back for a 30 year period so part of the data (e.g. name, address and period of membership) may need to be retained.

Beyond these reasons clubs may need to look at why and for how long they hold data. For example, a member may not have renewed for 5 years how likely is it that they will return? If the answer, is ‘unlikely’ then their data should be reduced to what is essential. You may also have to inform others that you have shared the data with that they should remove it.

People do have the right to remove their permission to hold data and at that point it should be removed. However, you can refuse to remove the data if there were serious reasons to keep it e.g. for firearms issues, child protection or an ongoing court case.

Changes or moving data

Individuals are entitled to have personal data corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete. If you have shared data with others, you must inform them of the changes. You must also inform the individuals that you have updated the data with the other parties. In addition organisations are required to actively ensure the data is accurate and up to date, this could be checking the individual’s data by using an annual renewal or asking them to check their details when they attend the club. You can’t just assume your members will inform you of changes.

Data transfer

One of the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 (and the GDPR), is that you can only process data for the purpose for which it is collected. This means that if you collect a name and contact details of an individual, so that they can become a member of your club, you can’t simply use that information to allow other organisations to contact them. You also need to tell people when they join your club if you are going to transfer their data, for example to an organisation such as the NSRA, Police etc.

You can only share data with other organisations that are GDPR compliant so make a list of NGBs, Counties etc. that you regularly converse with and make sure they are compliant.


There will be direct obligations on data processors as well as on data controllers. This may mean that if you use any third parties to process data then you must have a written contract in place that agrees on how the data is handled, updated, removed, secured and managed. In a club context this could be the secretary or membership secretary (data controller) allows anyone to process data (say person who hosts your website) will need to have a written document in place that agrees on how the data is used.


You will only have 72 hours from being aware of a breach to report it to the ICO. Under the current Data Protection Act there are no obligations to report breaches.

For example, if a membership secretary holds the membership data on their laptop and it is not encrypted and gets stolen the data is now at risk and a breach would have to be reported. You need to make sure that personal data is held securely, i.e. that electronic documents are encrypted, and password protected and that they are backed up on a regular basis. You also need to make sure that your volunteers can identify when a breach has happened and that they know what they should do and who they should talk to.

Responding to access requests

People have the right to request access to their personal data that you keep. Subject access requests (requests for copies of personal data from individuals) will need to be responded to within one calendar month rather than the current 40 calendar day period. It is also no longer possible to charge a fee for dealing with the initial request. Normally people only make requests if they have something to complain about. For this reason make sure you keep a log of how and when you respond and that you apply any exemptions from disclosure carefully as this can e used as evidence of non-compliance.

Where requests are obviously unfounded or excessive, in particular because they are repetitive, you can:

Charge a reasonable fee taking into account the administrative costs of providing the information; or Refuse to respond.

International contacts

If your club deals with data that is shared internationally e.g. international competitions, coaching courses etc. you’ll need to take a good look at what protections you have for international data transfers and that all parties understand the requirements of the new regulations.

Other sections of the Regulations

The Regulations also include controls placed on some activities which are generally beyond the scope of clubs.

Automated decision making and profiling: The GDPR provides safeguards for individuals against the risk that a potentially damaging decision is taken without human intervention.

Transfers: The right to data portability applies when consent is given, it is used for marketing and the process is automated.


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