UK further education sector journey to compliance with the general data protection regulation and the data protection act 2018

Benjamin Phillips

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Abstract

The Further Education sector provides training and qualifications to 2.2million young people and adults annually and in the process collect a wealth of data which must be properly managed to ensure it is processed in a fair and transparent manner, maintaining compliance with good information governance and data protection legislation. This article shares the findings of a study which explored the content of General Data Protection Regulation action plans, first hand accounts from data practitioners and the views of students as provides embraced the new legislation.

The article demonstrates how a sector which fills the void between schools and universities is unique in the challenges they face when ensuring compliance with data protection laws. These challenges include the application of legislation, noting key differences between the nations of the United Kingdom, and the moral duties placed upon the provider by parents who expect open dialogue with the education provider, consistent as happened with lower levels of education. This must be balanced with the student's right to data privacy and control over who can access their educational records .
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105586
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

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