Collaboration opportunity for local authorities around GDPR

Data protection company KnowNow Information has launched a collaboration opportunity for local authorities keen to investigate the impact new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will have on their organisations and how to use innovative technology to ensure compliance.

Working with the new public sector co-funding and collaboration platform CC2i, KnowNow is looking to bring together a group of around five to ten local authorities to collaborate around GDPR. It is believed the pooling of the shared knowledge and collective analysis of the steps required to meet the new legislation will save substantial duplication by each local authority and inform the wider sector.

Personal data is critical to local authorities particularly in health and social care. In response to GDPR, KnowNow has developed Consentua, a consent management tool designed to meet the compliance challenges of the incoming legislation. Consentua was originally funded by Innovate UK and developed by a team of experts who have worked with local authorities on data requirements for more than 15 years.

In essence the technology captures user consent and displays via a single view dashboard, giving the service provider requiring the personal data a GDPR compliant audit of consent from all users. It has been designed to be an open standard, does not itself hold any personal data, and is simply an audit tally of how personal data is used by an app/system.

CC2i Founder and MD Guy Giles said: “KnowNow’s GDPR-focused pitch on CC2i is a perfect example of how local authorities can work together with innovative SMEs to investigate and address new challenges head on.

“Collaboration is often talked about but rarely achieved. We believe this co-funding and collaboration opportunity has all the elements required for success: a clear business case, project focus, great innovation and specific outcomes driven by a new business requirement all councils need to achieve.”

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