The law has changed and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018.
This has brought higher standards for handling data and greater expectations for improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data.
All schools have a legal duty to comply with the GDPR.
The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has replaced the Data Protection Act (DPA) and is set to strengthen and unify all data held within an organisation. For schools, GDPR brings a new responsibility to inform parents and stakeholders about how they are using pupils’ data and who it is being used by.
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 is not within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data. Parents 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 process any of their data is GDPR compliant
- 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
Our Data Protection Officer (DPO)
The DPO for Acorn Education Trust is :
Judicium, 72 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6AF
Tel: 0203 326 9174.
Requesting access to your personal data
Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold.
To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, contact the school office or the Headteacher. The school will, on an annual basis, share individual Data Collection Sheets with you in order to ensure that our records are accurate and up to date.
You also have the right to:
- Object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress.
- Prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
- Object to decisions being taken by automated means
- In certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
- Claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations
If you should have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at ico.org.uk/concerns