Agenda for the Northern Border Terrier Club AGM 

Saturday 14th April 10am Belmont Community Centre,DH1 2LL

AGM agenda 2018

Kennel Club issues guidance on General Data Protection Regulation

The Kennel Club has issued guidance to registered societies on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come into force throughout the EU on 25th May 2018. The EU’s objective is to harmonise data protection laws and allow for free movement of data within the EU.

The GDPR, which represents the first major overhaul of data processing law in 20 years, will have what is known as ‘direct effect’ and immediately replace data protection legislation in the UK. However, the UK is currently preparing its own draft Data Protection Bill; both to allow for permitted variations from the GDPR and so that the provisions of the GDPR will remain as part of UK law after Brexit.

To keep things in perspective, the central principles for data processing will not change. These principles are:

  • Lawful, fair and transparent processing
  • Specific and legitimate purpose
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary (no more than is needed/not ‘just in case’)
  • Accurate and up to date
  • Retained only for as long as is necessary
  • Data security
  • Accountability – meaning that it is not just important to comply but to be able to demonstrate/to be seen to be compliant.

There is an expansion in the scope of individual rights which will be protected by ‘privacy by default’ and ‘privacy by design’ – with privacy first and foremost rather than as an afterthought.  From a marketing perspective, the major shift is that it will no longer be possible to rely on assumed or passive consent for marketing – it will need to be active and specific.

It is important for clubs and societies to be aware of the way in which data must be handled in line with the requirements under the GDPR. Whilst it may seem complex, there are some relatively straightforward immediate steps which will help clubs to get in shape for GDPR.

The Information Commissioner has given some reassurance that it intends to implement the law with a sense of proportion and perspective, as it does now. It will educate and advise a ‘carrot not stick’ approach. Even so, a society’s reputation and building trust with members, judges and exhibitor/competitors is important.

A measured approach should mean that this does not have to be an onerous task for most clubs and societies.

The Kennel Club will shortly issue some guidance to help steer clubs and societies through a ‘GDPR readiness’ plan which will provide an overview of the GDPR and some templates so that societies can conduct a data audit, in order to document what data is actually being processed.

The guidance will ask the ‘five Ws’ – WHOSE data, WHAT data, WHY the data is being used, WHEN is it processed and WHERE is it stored? From this a privacy notice can be compiled, which will spell out the lawful basis for processing of data – and which is a requirement under the GDPR.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We hope the guidance will help demystify what is needed to be ready for the GDPR. The Kennel Club will provide further guidance individually as appropriate – and we urge direct consultation with the Information Commissioner as a free and reliable resource.”

The Kennel Club’s current GDPR advice is available at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1159182/clubs-and-societies-gdpr.pdf.

Announcement from the Breed Health Coordinator

A DNA Test for Shaking Puppy Spongiform LeucoEncephaloMyelopathy (SLEM) in Border Terriers

From Monday October 9th 2017 DNA testing is available from the University of Missouri (http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/ and the Animal Health Trust (http://www.ahtdnatesting.co.uk).

Testing through a partnership with OFA (www.OFA.org , click the “ORDER DNA TESTS” link in left sidebar) should be available after mid-October. Orders placed through OFA use a cheek swab & barcoded card to collect DNA, and testing is done by U of Missouri. The OFA staff will send a kit and complete instructions for all orders.   Click on the links to the websites for further details.

USE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AT SHOWS

The Kennel Club is becoming increasingly concerned at the amount of electrical equipment being used by exhibitors at shows, including hair dryers and hair straighteners and other grooming devices.

Electrical equipment should not be brought to shows unless absolutely necessary. In rare instances where it might be required, it should be PAT tested and permission sought from the secretary of the show before it is used.

The Kennel Club has also been informed of recent instances of exhibitors commandeering certain areas of a venue in order to have access to powerpoints so as to use electrical grooming equipment. This is totally unacceptable and particularly unfair on the breeds whose allocated areas have been cramped because of this selfish behaviour.

A Kennel Club spokesperson said: “The number of exhibitors using electrical equipment at shows appears to be on the increase, which is of concern to both show societies and the Kennel Club. We have even heard of instances of dogs being brought along to shows sopping-wet, which is totally unnecessary as most grooming should be done at home, with the dog merely requiring a quick ‘brush up’ before it goes in the ring. These are conformation dog shows and not grooming competitions, after all.”

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8th June 2017

Kennel Club Announces Changes To The Way Judges Are Educated, Approved And Listed

26 April 2017    12:00

Judging procedures. Photo credit: Heidi Hudson/Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is announcing a new system for the education, approval and listing of every level of judge, from those who aspire to judge, right through to open show judges and those who go on to award Challenge Certificates and judge championship show groups, and Best in Show.

The Judges Competency Framework will be launched in January 2019, run alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and be fully operational from January 2022. This education will involve mentoring and ringside observation by breed experts and be supported by a network of Breed Education Coordinators who will help facilitate learning.

For further information click on the link below

Kennel Club Announcement – 30/11/2016

Find shows and events in Agility, Canicross, Dog Showing and more…

As a Kennel Club Registered or Listed Status Club we wanted you to be the first to know about the new online service, Kennel Club Find A Dog Show. You can now search for shows, events and competitions across the UK across all the below activities:
Agility
Bloodhound Trials
Canicross
Companion Dog Shows
Dog Showing
Flyball
Heelwork to Music
Obedience
Rally
Working Trials
This should make canine activities more accessible to those who already take part in them, and more readily available for those who wish to take up new activities with their dog. We encourage you to please share this service with all of your members.

Finally, as a dog club we are fully aware that often you organise events yourselves. We hope that this service will enable you to find suitable dates and locations to avoid clashing or intervening with any other events, to save you both time and effort when managing events.

Visit http://www.findadogshow.org.uk