General Data Protection Regulation – is your school prepared?
22/05/2017 14:47:27 | WCBS
On 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
will come into force and it’s important that you are proactive in preparing
your school to deal with the changes.
As a business that deals with a large amount of personal data, WCBS
is currently looking at what measures we can put in place to guarantee full
compliance with the new rules, and we want to ensure that our schools are doing
You may think you don’t constitute as an organisation who will be
impacted by the GDPR, but if you process personal data of EU citizens, no
matter where you are in the world, the new regulations will affect you. If a
data breach were to occur, you could stand the chance of being fined
significantly, it’s been said that up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover
can be enforced.
Since the news of the GDPR’s release, there have been an array of
discussions and facts circulated around how to prepare. If you haven’t yet
taken notice of this coming change it’s important to us that you are well
informed, therefore we want to share some useful links with you.
Solicitors, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, have come up with a helpful
guide on 10 Steps for Schools, and we feel it’s worth a read. Important tips such as
appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) - which in some cases may be
mandatory - performing audits, adequate staff training and how to deal with
data breaches are shared.
For accurate up-to-date information, visit the Information
Commissioner’s Office (ICO) What’s New page.