GDPR or general data protection regulation will become a legal requirement in schools in MAY 2018 – is your school ready?
“The penalty for GDPR non-compliance is a
maximum fine of 4% of global revenue or
20 million EURO, whichever is the greatest“.
The new legislation defines personal data as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This broad definition means that organisations must carefully review and classify all of the data they hold. Beyond this, you will need to create new organisation wide data protection policies, set up data management schemes, maintain auditable records, design and perform annual data protection impact assessments, and ensure that your business partners are also in compliance with GDPR. You must also gain the ability to rapidly detect and report on data breaches, and to find, modify or remove personal data on request and within specified time limits. With its increased penalties for non-compliance, only adds to the necessity for schools to look at how they collect, store, use and share personal data of EU citizens, and to prioritise their investment in IT security.
Unfortunately, compliance is not a straightforward check list exercise or a technology issue alone. Its impact is organisation wide (business process, legal, governance, people and training). Many aspects of GDPR concern process and operational aspects of data protection, some of which can be enabled or at least be made more cost-effective by technology. Whilst there is no magic wand solution, JSL have certified GDPR practitioners to help your School to get prepared for compliance and assist you through the process.
We can provide you with consultation from one of our GDPR certified practitioners. They will offer solutions and recommendations to any software or platforms you may require, and even follow through with supply, installation, setup and configuration of products to assist with your GDPR compliance.
With JSL Services Group Ltd you are in good hands. We look to build long term and lasting relationships with customers. Our friendly customer services team and fully managed helpdesk are always on hand to assist.
For more information contact our team on 01494 410777, email HERE or fill out our contact us form HERE for further information and a free copy of our “Ensuring GDPR compliance for your Organisation” booklet.
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Serious GDPR data breach at a Rochester Grammar School
Rochester Grammar School has reported itself to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) after a serious GDPR data breach (from the BBC).
An unencrypted USB stick containing data of over 1000 pupils was lost and handed back to the school by a member of the public.
This failure to follow GDPR policies has left the school open to potentially huge fines, highlighting the absolute need for not only training staff in GDPR procedures but ensuring all policies are followed – and the reasons why. For Security ANY data leaving School premises MUST be in an encrypted format.
GDPR in schools
GDPR in schools, what does this mean?
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