MySchool Blog

Consent in the GDPR

Posted by Julian on 06 March 2017

Consent is not a new concept and has been a core part of data protection & privacy laws for decades. However the GDPR raises the bar considerably on 'conditions for processing' personal data.

Simply put, 'consent' means obtaining clear permission to hold and process a person's data for a specific use. Although it is already required, practices such as 'opt out' have become common-place, e.g.  pre-ticked checkboxes to receive marketing material, making it more of an assumption of consent rather than explicit permission. The GDPR is far more explicit about what constitutes consent and aims to entirely remove this kind of deception.

Read More

Topics: GDPR, Privacy

EU GDPR Summary for Schools

Posted by Julian on 01 February 2017

You may be wondering why we need new privacy laws.  As it stands, data privacy laws vary from country to country within the EU, with little harmonisation. This causes confusion, reduces trust and ultimately undermines the effectiveness of data privacy laws. The GDPR is intended as a 'one-stop-shop' bringing with it a high level of alignment across the European Union. This of course also makes it far easier to administer and enforce.

The following are the key elements of the GDPR. We'll be going into the details of each one of these in future blog posts. If you're not already subscribed, you can get email alerts as soon as we publish new articles.

Read More

Topics: GDPR, Privacy, Featured

The true value of school management software

Posted by Julian on 19 January 2017

Like all tools, the real value comes from not what they can potentially do but what you actually do with them. This is particularly true of school management software which can bring significant efficiencies to school administration. The problem is that these systems generally have an overwhelming amount of functionality that can end up unused or worse, completely misused, eroding the value of your investment.

Read More

Topics: Support, Security & Privacy, General, Featured

MCA technology award finalist!

Posted by Julian on 12 January 2017

We're particularly excited today to find out we've been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 MCA eBusiness awards, 'Best use of Technology in Business Transformation'.

Every year, the MCA eBusiness awards celebrate and acknowledge the best examples of web based technology & innovation in Malta. The awards aim to encourage digital innovation and growth across the width and breadth of the country's industry and society.

Read More

Topics: General, Featured

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) glossary for schools

Posted by Julian on 16 December 2016

There are many specialised words and terms associated with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These are the most common ones.

Binding Corporate Rules (BCR)
Corporate rules to allow multinational organisations such as school networks to safely and legally transfer data internally (within the organisation) but across EU borders.
Freely given, specific, informed and explicit consent by statement or action by the student, parent, staff member or any person signifying agreement to the processing of their personal data.
Data Controller
This is the school. Determines the purposes, conditions and means of the processing of personal data.
Read More

Topics: GDPR, Security & Privacy

GDPR Introduction: New privacy law affecting school data security for students & staff.

Posted by Julian on 14 December 2016

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation is the EU’s tough new privacy and data protection law designed to significantly strengthen all EU citizens' rights and security relating to the data you store about them. This includes students, staff and parent's right to legal action against the school or ‘student information system’ supplier and the right to compensation regarding misuse of their personal data.

Read More

Topics: GDPR, Security & Privacy

MySchool is ISO27001 and ISO9001 certified

Posted by Julian on 02 December 2016

We are proud to announce that MySchool has now attained the internationally recognised ISO standards certification for ISO27001 'Information Security' and ISO9001 'Quality Management'.

MySchool is entrusted by its customers with the security, privacy and integrity of personal data belonging to thousands of students, staff and parents.  The protection of our customers' data is a core to our business and these two certifications represent a significant enhancement to the security and integrity of the service we offer.

Read More

Topics: Security & Privacy

Solid support that keeps your school ticking over.

Posted by Julian on 22 November 2016

Using a school management system requires great support and like all companies we are proud of the support we offer, but how well do we compare with others?

Zendesk, the world's leading support platform, provides benchmarks with satisfaction data from over 25 thousand businesses.We use Zendesk to manage our support and regularly score 98% to 100% for customer satisfaction compared with a global benchmark of 95%.

Read More

Topics: Support

MySchool undergoing data protection and quality certifications ISO27001 & ISO9001

Posted by Julian on 20 June 2016

As part of our drive towards building a better service for our customers, we're really excited to be putting ourselves through the rigorous steps of ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certifications.

The international organisation for standardisation (ISO) is a nongovernmental organisation which leads the world of voluntary international standards and certification.

Read More

Topics: MySchool App Updates

How Administrators can Facilitate Technology Adoption

Posted by Kelly on 09 June 2016

Back in 2009, Education World published an informative article on the administrator’s role in technology integration, outlining a number of key points that still ring true today, 7 years later. When it comes to the promotion and effective use of technology in and outside of the classroom, there’s no denying that due to the nature of their job, administrative staff are perhaps the biggest influencers in the industry.

Read More