The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. It bought higher standards for handling data and greater expectations for improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data. Somerset Nursery School has a legal duty to comply with the GDPR.
The new GDPR was set to strengthen and unify all data held within an organisation. For us, GDPR brings a new responsibility to inform parents and stakeholders about how they are using personal data and who it is being used by.
What does GDPR mean for Somerset Nursery School?
A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by the school falls under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate our school successfully, it means that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases. GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data.
Under GDPR, consent must be explicitly given to anything that isn’t within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data.
We must appoint a Data Protection Officer and be able to prove that they are GDPR compliant. Our Data Protection Officer is Gary Hipple and is he contactable via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerset Nursery School must ensure that their third party suppliers who may process any of their data is GDPR compliant and must have legally binding contracts with any company that processes any personal data. These contracts must cover what data is being processed, who it is being processed by, who has access to it and how it is protected.
If you do have any further queries, please do speak with either Emma or Rachel and we will do what we can to assist.