Spring is on the way, the days are definitely getting longer and, hopefully, the worst of the storms are behind us. It is impossible, though, to get away from news of the current virus outbreak so we will be using this month's newsletter to look at your contingency planning and disaster recovery plans should the need arise to close schools over the coming weeks.
This month's newsletter will therefore feature guidance on considering your data when contingency planning, especially in light of the current situation with the novel coronavirus Covid-19. We are also considering our response to this developing situation and have an update for you regarding that. As well as this, we want to reiterate our tips on reducing your breach risk with your IT systems as well as our price freeze for the next year for your DPO service!
If you have any further questions about the topics below, or if you would like to book your next visit from us, please get in touch via GDPR@schoolpro.uk.
Contingency Planning and Data Protection
There is a possibility that schools may have to close over the coming weeks and months as the situation with the novel coronavirus Covid-19 develops. Clearly, the health and well-being of staff, pupils, parents and the wider population is the highest priority, but it is also important to consider the implications to your data when putting in place contingency plans. Here are some questions for you to consider as part of that process:
If you have any questions about this, please contact us and we can help provide further advice!
Our Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
As we have already said, this is a developing situation and we are keeping a close eye on the news as it evolves and more information is released. As things currently stand, we do not see there being an increased risk for us continuing to visit schools as planned. However, we are going to look to at contingency planning for ourselves over the coming days and weeks. This will include:
Common Breaches - Use of IT Systems
We discussed these tips last month but felt it important to reiterate the messages as well as add an additional tip to the list. As we said then, we deal with a large number of data breaches involving the mis-use of IT systems including emailing sensitive data to an incorrect recipient. Many of these breaches can be avoided by following a few simple tips:
Price Freeze for 2020-2021 and Referral Discount
We also mentioned this last month but we wanted to confirm that we are able to freeze the price of our DPO service for another year. This allows us to continue to offer our service at as cost-effective a level as possible to you and ensure that money stays in the classroom. We are still offering a 10% referral discount as well and there will be a number of schools benefiting from that this year!
Data Protection in the News
UK councils' benefits pages push credit card adverts - BBC
City watchdog admits revealing customers' details - BBC
Met Police remove 374 names from gangs matrix - BBC
Guess what? GDPR enforcement is on fire! - ZDNet
90% of UK Data Breaches Due to Human Error in 2019 - InfoSecurity Magazine
This Shocking Privacy Gaffe Is Why We Should Never Trust Google With Personal Data - CCN
Facebook was repeatedly warned of security flaw that led to biggest data breach in its history - The Telegraph
PhotoSquared data leak puts thousands of users at risk - TechRadar
UK Google users could lose EU GDPR data protections - The Guardian
Samsung Electronics says UK website error exposed data of 150 customers - Reuters
Please contact us if you do have further questions at GDPR@schoolpro.uk.
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