Government surveying further education providers before Brexit

Among the uncertainty surrounding GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance – particularly with Brexit complicating things – the UK government has been a reliable source for advice.

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office), which oversees data protection rules in the country, and gov.uk, regularly provide guidance to help organisations make sense of their requirements.

They often speak to organisations before creating guides to understand exactly what issues people are struggling with.

The latest guidance from the government will assess the way further education providers are preparing for the UK’s departure from the EU, and it’s currently running a survey to get input from those looking for advice.

Colleges and apprenticeship providers have until Friday, 27 September to complete the quick questionnaire. The results will be used to help the government understand organisations’ Brexit preparations and where their compliance efforts are falling short.

The GDPR and Brexit

The education sector has struggled with the GDPR since it came into effect in May 2018, partly because many schools and colleges lack the resources to deal with information security and partly because they handle so much personal data.

Things won’t get any easier after Brexit. Organisations that handle only UK residents’ data will still be subject to most of the same rules, thanks to the implementation of the DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018, which is effectively a UK-specific version of the GDPR – although it deviates in parts and includes additional requirements.

Meanwhile, those that process the personal data of residents of both the UK and the EU will have to balance their GDPR and DPA 2018 requirements.

The government’s advice will be invaluable for understanding how to manage your data protection requirements. Meanwhile, IT Governance has a wide selection of tools and services to help the education sector meet its requirements.

Whether you’re looking for guidebooks, a compliance checklist, staff awareness training or more in-depth advice, we have you covered.

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