27 September, 2017
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all 'controllers' and 'processors' of 'personal data'. The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who are processed into the system, amongst others who are contracted through the schools. It is advisable to become familiar with these provisions at an early stage.
The GDPR's underlying principle is to elevate the significance of transparency between the individuals and the data controllers/processors. The GDPR creates some new rights for individuals and strengthens some of the rights that currently exist under the DPA. The GDPR provides the following rights for individuals:
Ultimately HR policies and procedures, existing contracts and privacy notices will need to undergo a thorough review in relation to data protection to ensure that personal data is being processed within the boundaries of the GDPR within any educational institution.
Overall, employers should be thinking about:
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