Topic: Recorder names and potential data protection issues
I was wondering if any LRCs out there had a written policy outlining their decision to include / exclude recorder names when supplying data to external organisations that they would be willing to share with us, or otherwise discuss their position on the matter here? We are of the opinion that a recorder name forms a crucial element of a record, not least for verification purposes, and therefore include it when we share data and would like it to be included when others share data with us. However, I understand that some LRCs have received advice from the Information Commissioner's Office on the matter that has led them to exclude recorder names as they may constitute personal information.
We would be really interested in hearing about the opinions and experiences of others.
Biodiversity Data Analyst
Scottish Wildlife Trust