Half of schools ‘not fully compliant with GDPR’

More than half of schools and colleges are not fully compliant with new data laws almost a year after they came into force, a snap survey has suggested. Tes reports.

The report from RM Education and Trend Micro also reveals widespread concerns among schools that fines for breaching the general data protection regulations(GDPR) could have a significant impact on their institutions.

The new rules, which took effect in May 2018, governs how organisations such as schools handle personal data. Breaches can be punished with fines of up to 4 per cent of annual revenue or £17 million – whichever is greater. 

Now, a snap survey of 156 schools and college across Great Britain, which includes a mix of sizes, phases and urban and rural locations, has highlighted a series of concerns:

  • 52 per cent believed they were not fully compliant with GDPR. Forty-eight per cent said they were.
  • 14 per cent admitted they did not have a clear plan to become GDPR compliant.
  • 39 per cent cited a lack of financial investment as the biggest challenge to complying with GDPR, while 46 per cent highlighted security awareness.

Bharat Mistry, principal security strategist at Trend Micro, described the finding that half of schools and colleges are not fully GDPR compliant as “concerning”.

“Things as simple as leaving a memory stick lying around, not changing your password regularly, or not updating to the latest software could have a seriously big impact.”

In total, 19 per cent of schools and colleges said staff, parents and pupils were “slightly more”, and 5 per cent “significantly more”, demanding about how much of their personal data is being kept and where.

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