GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
What is GDPR?
The law is changing and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. It introduced higher standards for handling data and greater expectations for improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data. Schools will have a legal duty to comply with the GDPR.
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What does GDPR mean for schools?
A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by schools will fall under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate schools successfully, it will mean that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases in schools.
GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data, however this means schools will have greater accountability for the data:
- Under GDPR, consent must be explicitly given to anything that isn’t within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data. Parents (or the pupil themselves depending on their age) must express consent for their child’s data to be used outside of the normal business of the school.
- Schools must appoint a Data Protection Officer and be able to prove that they are GDPR compliant.
- Schools must ensure that their third party suppliers who may process any of their data is GDPR compliant and must have legally binding contracts with any company that processes any personal data. These contracts must cover what data is being processed, who it is being processed by, who has access to it and how it is protected.
- It will be compulsory that all data breaches which are likely to have a detrimental effect on the data subject are reported to the ICO within 72 hours.
- It also introduces new individual right relating to personal data, such as the right to erase or the right to rectification. Due to this it is important that we keep comprehensive and up to date records on our pupils and their contact information. Please assist us in keeping contact details up to date by either informing the office of any changes as soon as possible.
If you have any enquiries in relation to GDPR, please contact Mrs Emily Smith, our Data Protection Officer, on 02392263200.
The documents below contain all of the relevant GDPR information for parents and carers.