In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will came into force. Replacing the Data Protection Act (1998) with the aim of improving the safety and security of personal data held by organisations, and to make sure that people understand what information is held about them and why.
At The Avon Valley School we have always taken great care of the personal information we hold about students and parents, but the new law means that have taken some further steps.
Firstly, you should be aware that you have a number of rights under the GDPR. You have the right to:
• Be informed about how we use your personal data.
• Request access to the personal data that we hold.
• Request that your personal data is amended if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
• Ask us to erase your personal data if there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.
• Request that the processing of your data is restricted.
• Object to your personal data being processed.
Secondly, on our website you will find our new privacy notice for students and parents in the GDPR section, which explains in detail what personal data we hold, why we hold it and who we share it with. This also provides details of our Data Protection Officer (DPO) who provides us with advice on compliance with GDPR and our data protection obligations, and can be contacted if you wish to make a request or complaint about your personal data. The privacy notice also explains about your rights to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Thirdly, we have reviewed our policies and procedures which can be accessed from the policy page of this website.
Fourth, If anyone’s personal data is likely to be significantly involved or affected when we develop new systems or introduce new technology, we will carry out a data protection impact assessment to ensure that privacy issues are addressed.
Finally, your consent – we have made some changes to our data collection procedures to bring them in line with the new law. This means that we may have to ask you to consent to things again. If you would like any more information about GDPR, you can visit the Information Commissioner’s website and in particular the Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation webpage.