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Information Commissioner draws attention to ‘Accountability’ at recent conference

“This next phase of GDPR requires a refocus on comprehensive data protection – embedding sound data governance in all of your business processes.” Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner Leading up to, and indeed since the implementation of the GDPR we had numerous conversations with

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Merton Schools’ DPO leading the way in Data Protection

Merton Schools’ DPO leading the way in Data Protection Derek Crabtree, Schools’ ICT Support Manager and DPO for schools in the London Borough of Merton, has been nominated for various awards in recognition of his work to support schools across the Borough in complying with the new data

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Lawyers accused of giving wrong GDPR consent advice

Lawyers accused of giving wrong GDPR consent advice A recent article in the Law Society Gazette by Brian Rogers, a legal compliance expert, warned that some solicitors who gave advice regarding how to comply with new GDPR rules last year should revisit that advice. He believes that mistakes were

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Elizabeth Denham explores future of enforcement under GDPR

“I just want to remind you, there’s a whole set of new tools that we have that we intend on using and not just fines” Elizabeth Denham is the UK Information Commissioner. She is the person overseeing our data protection laws and clearly has ideas, with an agenda, on how GDPR and

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ICO’s first school audit reports online

ICO’s first school audit reports online Enquire Learning Trust, Active Learning Trust and Greenwood Academies Trust are the first MATs to experience an ICO audit since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018. These reports have been published online in the public domain. Many schools will

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Great – your data’s in the ‘cloud’ but which one?

Brexit may prevent EU online processing It is hard to avoid the news about whether there will be a ‘Deal’, ‘No Deal’ or a Hard Brexit. Education will be affected and as a result, the DfE has published advice to prepare schools for each eventuality. This covers teacher qualifications,

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Don’t open emails until you read this

Why you shouldn't open emails until you read this. Schools are facing an email phishing scam epidemic and need to know what to do. The information below should be read by your Data Protection lead/DPO, your IT Support and it is advised that Senior Leadership are fully informed. The emails may look

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The top 5 tasks you SHOULD have completed

The top 5 tasks you SHOULD have completed to ensure compliance with the GDPR It’s been several months since GDPR Day – here are 5 things you SHOULD have completed by now: 1  Appoint and inform ICO of details of your DPO  It is a legal requirement under the GDPR that every

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What should you do when ICO comes knocking?

The implementation of the GDPR was not the final hurdle, it was just the starting line! You should’t panic if you’re having an ICO Advisory Visit or an ICO Audit, just make sure you understand the difference and what is expected of you. It is now even more important for schools to look

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DfE Publishes GDPR Toolkit for Schools

South West Grid for Learning and GDPR in Schools played active role on DfE GDPR Stakeholder Group DfE Publishes GDPR Toolkit for Schools To mark today’s launch of the DfE’s GDPR Toolkit for Schools, SWGfL and GDPR in Schools, who both helped with its development, have today entered into a

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Dispelling common gdpr myths part 2

Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 2 Following on from our blog ‘Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 1‘ here are 5 more GDPR myths we have heard and wanted to share to help clear up some of the confusion in schools. Let’s dispel another #5 common GDPR myths Myth #1 –

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400 Supplier Data Maps Published

Over 400 supplier data maps now available in GDPRiS. Thanks to the professional knowledge of our dedicated team, we are delighted to announce that more than 400 supplier product data maps have been published in GDPRiS. Our data maps have been designed in accordance with the forthcoming DfE toolkit

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DfE urges school suppliers to help with GDPR

DfE urges school suppliers to help with GDPR. At GDPRiS, we have been doing everything we can to engage with school suppliers that process data to fulfil their obligation to support schools in complying with the new GDPR. On Thursday 22 March, the DfE published an open letter to school suppliers,

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Dispelling common gdpr myths 1

Dispelling Common GDPR Myths – part 1 There is much panic related to the implementation of GDPR in May 2018, yet it is pertinent to note that GDPR came into effect in 2016 and organisations were given 18 months to prepare before the enforcement of the new regulations begins. Compared to many

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Capita SIMS Partner with GDPRiS to help schools meet requirements of the GDPR

Capita SIMS Partner with GDPRiS to help schools meet requirements of the GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on Friday 25 May and we are delighted to announce that Capita SIMS have partnered with us to further raise awareness in schools and help them on their

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Making sense of the GDPR jargon for schools

Making sense of the GDPR jargon for schools Everyone wants to do the right thing in protecting personal data in schools. However, you must understand the language relating to data protection and privacy, and this can be quite baffling. Where possible misunderstandings can take place, you will

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Which suppliers should schools be auditing under GDPR?

Confusion is arising regarding which of the 100s of suppliers used by a school should become part of a data audit under GDPR. There are 2 steps to establish this. Step 1 Identify all suppliers in school Step 2 From this list find out which supplier processes personal data for you Every supplier

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How to boost your GDPR compliance with Data discovery

Featured article by Al Kingsley at Netsupport How to boost your GDPR compliance with Data discovery As part of the new the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect on 25th May 2018, many schools are facing the challenge of how to find the tools and resources to cope with the

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How concerned should schools be about Consent?

How concerned should schools be about Consent? Like many of you, we’ve never understood why parts of the press, and some consultants, have made such a strong push on the fact that everything centres around the ‘consent’ element of the legal basis for processing data. According to the

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GDPRiS shortlisted for BETT Awards 2018

GDPRiS shortlisted for BETT Awards 2018. We are delighted to announce that GDPRiS is a finalist in the Start-up of the Year category of the BETT Awards 2018. The BETT Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. The

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Fulfilling your role as DPO

Fulfilling Your Role as DPO. If you have been appointed your school’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) you are probably wondering what you need to do next. To help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a DPO, we will run through everything you need to know about being your school’s

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Why school data must be “accurate and up-to-date”

Why school data must be “accurate and up-to-date” Having accurate data is about much more than keeping Ofsted, or the ICO happy when they come to scrutinise or audit your school’s GDPR compliance. Good quality data will bring a wealth of benefits to your School, including: Quick and easy

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Who will be your school’s DPO?

Choosing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) for your school When the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on 25 May 2018, every state funded and private school, as well as nurseries and child care organisations, must name their data protection officer (DPO). This person may be a

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Schools’ obligations data controllers

Schools’ obligations as data controllers Yes, as a school you are classed as the ‘data controller’ so you should make sure that you observe a few things when processing any personal data. Anyone else you are connected with, such as 3rd party suppliers, that also process personal data are

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The data protection time bomb in schools

Yes, you read that right! Unless schools have started preparing for the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018, which brings massive changes to data protection, they really are sitting on a ticking time bomb. The new regulations are intended to strengthen

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