MySchool Blog

Unpacking Personal Data under the GDPR

Posted by Julian on 28 March 2017

The GDPR defines personal data as:

"... any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('data subject'); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;"

Article 5 Principles relating to processing of personal data

To be clear, the 'data' element of 'personal data' refers to recorded information that is, or is intended, to be stored and processed electronically as part of a filing system.

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Topics: GDPR, Security & 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.

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Topics: Support, Security & Privacy, 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 multi national 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.  read more about consent
Data Controller
This is the school. Determines the purposes, conditions and means of the processing of personal data.
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Topics: General Data Protection Regulation, 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.

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Topics: General Data Protection Regulation, 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.

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Topics: Security & Privacy