Significant changes will take place to data protection laws in May 2018. Learning providers, like all organisations, must prepare for these changes in order to be achieve compliance in time. This process needs to start NOW. Making the correct adaptations will take time. Leaving things to the last minute increases the risk of fines and damage to reputation.
Some initial points for learning providers to note:
- You must be able to demonstrate that individuals have given their informed consent to having their data collected. It is no longer about opting out – you must show that individuals have OPTED IN
- Privacy statements must be more detailed and outline specifically what you do with students’ data
- Internal IT systems and cybersecurity must be reviewed to ensure they meet new security requirements – data breach penalties will increase.
- Data breaches MUST BE reported to authorities within 72 hours
- Start by conducting an internal data audit – how and where do you collect data (including sensitive data), where do you store it, who has access etc.
There are many further issues to consider as part of the process of becoming GDPR compliant, all of which will be covered in GMLPF’s forthcoming GDPR masterclasses delivered in association with University Of Salford.
Why should learning providers be GDPR compliant?
- Avoid fines
- Demonstrate to learners, parents, employers, funders & Ofsted that you take data security seriously
- Supports bids – highly likely demonstrable GDPR compliance will become a prerequisite of bidding for public money
- Avoid damage to reputation – the press are likely to “name and shame”
- Supports competitive advantage – employers will prefer to partner with providers who are GDPR compliant
Why book on GMLPF’s GDPR masterclass?
- It’s tailored for learning providers and other organisations in the skills sector
- It’s delivered by data professionals at University of Salford
- It’s local – the masterclass is being held at Myerscough College, Croxteth Park, and there’s free parking
- It’s good value – cheaper than many other GDPR training currently available
- You get follow up support – all delegates have access to free ongoing support to help you achieve compliance in the run up to May 2018
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