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GDPR: How to support your data protection officer

The General Data Protection Regulation is now in effect and all schools must have a data protection officer in position. Beth Walton looks at how schools must now support their DPO to carry out their duties effectively

Under the GDPR, every school must have a data protection officer (DPO). It is the school’s responsibility to ensure compliance with data protection regulations, but your DPO will monitor this and be there to inform and advise you.

These officers carry out a number of tasks – from organising training, to reviewing and updating documents and procedures and reporting data breaches. So what support should a DPO expect from their school to be able to do their job effectively?

Legally, schools must provide certain support to their DPOs. The GDPR sets requirements on this, so make sure you are aware of your school’s responsibilities and have systems in place to meet them.

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