The GDPR will apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018.  This will affect the way schools process people’s personal data.  Its overall aim is to make sure that people’s sensitive data is kept safe and secure.

In many ways it is similar to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) with most of the differences involving the GDPR building on or strengthening the principles of the DPA.

The GDPR sets out the key principles that all personal data must be processed in line with.

  • Data must be: processed lawfully, fairly and transparently; collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes; limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed; accurate and kept up to date; held securely; only retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected

There are also stronger rights for individuals regarding their own data.

  • The individual’s rights include: to be informed about how their data is used, to have access to their data, to rectify incorrect information, to have their data erased, to restrict how their data is used, to move their data from one organisation to another, and to object to their data being used at all

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