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Tackling data protection challenges in secondary schools

From subject access requests to cyber-security and data breaches, schools must be on top of their data protection duties. Author Hafeeza Joorawan from the Information Commissioner’s Office offers some vital pointers
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From contact details to exam results, schools collect and process a large amount of personal data, which often belongs to young people and includes sensitive information.

This can raise unique challenges for the education sector when it comes to protecting this data and responding effectively to any situation that may compromise it.

Responding to subject access requests, inappropriate disclosures of personal data and combating cyber-breaches are just some of the key challenges facing schools. Everyone has a responsibility for data protection so schools must ensure that everyone involved with handling personal data has the training and support that they need to get it right.

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