What is GDPR?
The initials GDPR stand for General Data Protection Regulation. The new regulations will take effect from 25th May 2018. On this date The Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by GDPR which changes the way schools store and manage data and information. The European Commission (EC) has passed GDPR as a Regulation to strengthen and unify data protection laws for European Union (EU) and UK Citizens not just in the EU but working outside of the EU as well. GDPR also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU.
We currently hold a wealth of information for a variety of purposes. GDPR is about tightening up data security, who has access to that data and how it is used. We already have policies in place around the use and storage of data. We have an obligation to ensure that data is protected and this is an obligation we are duty bound to meet and take extremely seriously. Due to the sensitive nature of the data we hold, many elements required for GDPR are already in place. We are working to guidelines and will make any changes necessary to comply with the legislation in our system, policies and staff training.