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GDPR compliance for schools

Are you already sick of hearing about GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018 but it feels like we’ve been talking about it for years.

You can’t help but think that all those PPI companies out there, whose income stream is getting smaller and smaller, will suddenly become GDPR claim specialists!

What it means to us

The penalties for non-compliance are huge, 20 million Euros or 4% of your global annual turnover, whichever is higher. So companies up and down the country are spending vast amounts of money on making sure they’re compliant. We all just want to get on with the job, I’m exactly the same, but in all seriousness the Data Protection Act was long overdue an overhaul. If you think for a second that we’ve been adhering to an act that was 20 years old, it’s scary when you also consider the technological advances we’ve seen during that time.

We’re ready, are you?

The good thing about being a school software provider is that you’re already pretty clued up about data protection. OTrack holds the contextual information for pupils across over 1600 schools so we have to make sure we’re watertight. Schools on the other hand hold much more information about a child; where they live, telephone numbers etc. The data we hold for children has to be stored securely and I suspect schools will be looking for guidance on this, which is why we’re currently looking at ways we can support you all on this journey. Keep coming back here for further updates.

For more information on our journey

You can read our GDPR statement here https://optimumotrack.co.uk/otrack-and-gdpr/

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