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GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
‘When your school collects, stores or uses (i.e. processes) personal data, the individuals whose data you are processing may be exposed to risks. It is important that schools which process personal data take steps to ensure that the data is handled legally, securely, efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best possible care.’  On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect across all EU member states. The GDPR provides one framework data protection law for Europe, representing a significant harmonisation of data protection requirements and standards across the EU. Having just one horizontal framework law to deal with will benefit business, promote responsibility when dealing with personal data, and help ensure that the same data protection standards apply across the EU.   It is important for all schools and childcare facilities to be aware that they will be required to comply with the data protection standards and obligations set out in both the GDPR and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018.   If you process personal data as part of your operation then the GDPR applies to you.   	It is important to remember that:   ·	Parent, Child, Staff and non-staff employee data is personal data  ·	Storing personal data electronically or in hardcopy constitutes        processing personal data.  We offer a comprehensive system to ensure that schools meet their obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation