Data protection for schools
According to recent headlines, UK schools are ‘risking children’s security with inconsistent data protection’. A study by academics at East Anglia and Plymouth universities found that schoolchildren’s addresses, routes to school and even fingerprints are at risk of exploitation because nearly half of the 1,059 schools surveyed have no policy for handling personal data.
Inadequate security systems also mean that confidential information held by schools, such as whether children have relatives who are on the sex offenders’ register, whether they have special needs and whether they are known to social services, could be accessed by strangers.
The study’s findings, which were presented at the British Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Manchester, also highlight that, although an estimated 40 per cent of the UK’s secondary schools, and 10 per cent of its primary schools use biometric systems (including fingerprint, iris or palm recognition software), to allow pupils to take out library books or pay for school dinners, of the schools surveyed:
- 48 per cent had either no data protection policy or claimed to be in the process of formulating one
- 45 per cent did not meet the minimum level of password security
- 40 per cent had insufficient measures in place to provide even the minimum level of security for their computer systems against problems such as computer viruses…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Walker Morris briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
Why register to The Lawyer
More relevant to you
News from Walker Morris
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from Walker Morris
What’s coming up: the major cases, government policy changes, and litigation and dispute resolution legislation to look out for in 2015
We know that it is important for businesses to be aware of upcoming legal and regulatory changes, so that they can plan ahead. View Walker Morris’s summary of some of the key upcoming decisions in major cases, changes to government policy and forthcoming legislation relating to litigation and dispute resolution in an easy-to-use table by clicking the link below: http://www.walkermorris.co.uk/whats-coming
The answer is yes, if they were not created as part of a genuine attempt to settle an existing dispute.
Analysis from The Lawyer
Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all
The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning.