On the 25th May 2018 the current Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the new and updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning the way you manage all information and data within our school will change.
What is the Data Protection Act (DPA)?
The DPA law was passed in 1998, marking a big step forward in the way information about people is legally used and handled. The main purpose of the legislation was to protect individuals against misuse or abuse of information about them. This prevents companies, bodies or businesses selling or passing on information about their customers and staff.
Why was it introduced?
Databases are easily accessed, searched and edited and with more and more organisations (including schools) storing information on computers to store and process personal information. With this comes the likelihood of this information ending up in the wrong hands, which is exactly why the DPA was introduced.
What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
To put it simply, the GDPR is a new data protection regulation designed to strengthen and unify the safety and security of all data held within an organisation (including schools, academies and other educational establishments).