How will GDPR Affect Schools

How will GDPR Affect Schools

From 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning that the way you manage all data and information within your school will change.

Stuffing paper into filing cabinets, keeping records and databases of student and staff information, monitoring what’s happening day-to-day on the premises through CCTV – today’s educational landscape is packed with data.

Under current legislation you already have a duty of care to ensure that this data is kept safe and secure. And with the GDPR coming into effect you’ll have an increased responsibility to ensure this information – regardless of what form it’s kept in – is managed in the right way in compliance with this new regulation.

Non-compliance can currently see fines of up to £500,000 being imposed from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), as well as Ofsted ratings being seriously affected if there isn’t correct policies and procedures in place when it comes to data and IT security.

As such, the ICO are urging educational providers to start thinking about the impact the GDPR will have on them and to start putting policies and practices into place ahead of the change.

But what actually is it, exactly how will GDPR affect schools and what should you be doing about it?

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