Entries by Emily Parrett

Demystifying SARs: Handling a Subject Access Request

For today’s post, we’re taking a quick dive into the murky depths of Subject Access Requests. Imagine this scenario. One of your students, staff members, or anyone you might have information about is standing at the front desk, and they’re asking for all of their data. What do you do? What happens next? For many […]

GDPR and Climate Change: An Unexpected Benefit

Here’s a good news story to kick off the new month…   The GDPR has provided a whole new framework for data protection, a framework that is centred around an individual’s right to privacy rather than an organisation’s desire for data. Your rights are now stronger and clearer, and organisations must safeguard data and be […]

Managing Mental Health Concerns in Higher Education

  In schools, responsibility surrounding children’s mental health and wellbeing is clearly documented. Legislation such as the 1989 Children’s Act, and guidance such as “Keeping Children Safe in Education,” set out responsibilities of staff and governors. Furthermore, it is made abundantly clear that data protection concerns should not prevent action from being taken to support […]

Returning to the Office (and the Pub!)

  We’ve reached a new checkpoint in Boris’s Covid roadmap. Yesterday, non-essential shops reopened, and many flocked to their local pub to enjoy a pint outside. For many, yesterday also marked their first day back in the office. While teaching staff have been back for a few weeks now, for others the full time return to the […]

Understanding Anonymisation

  When you purchase a product or use a service, at some point you will probably receive a feedback form. It’s almost an inevitability. It might be a form that arrives on email, or an irritating pop-up in an app. Recently, if you use a smart speaker you may get a notification which proceeds to […]

It’s been ‘Zero-Days’ Since The Last Incident

Last week, a global hacking campaign targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, and compromised hundreds of UK companies. It was estimated that more than 500 email servers in the UK were hacked, alongside many more across the world. Attackers used newly discovered vulnerabilities in the software to gain access to data, or to install ransomware. Ransomware can […]

Who Wants to be an Information Commissioner?

Last Month, The U.K. Commissioner for Public Appointments posted an advertisement for a new Information Commissioner. Current Commissioner Elizabeth Denham announced previously that she was leaving her post in October, having overseen the UK’s transition to new data protection laws.   Whoever is hired will be stepping into quite a sizable pair of shoes. Data protection complaints doubled in 2018/19, from around 21,000 to […]

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GDPR and Genetic Testing

In the second instalment of our Emerging Tech series, we look at the development of commercial genetic testing, and the data protection implications of widespread genetic screening.     “Customers who are genetically similar to you consume 60mg more caffeine a day than average.”  “You are not likely to be a sprinter/power athlete”  “Customers like you […]

What’s the Deal With WhatsApp?

WhatsApp have spent the last month putting out self-inflicted fires. After a disastrous announcement of changes to their terms of service, the company have been scrambling to convince users to stick with the app. However, even with delayed implementation of the new terms of services, and hundreds of reassurances, their PR nightmare has prompted many […]

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Bringing Up Baby: Raising Biased AI

Anyone involved in last year’s exam grade saga probably harbours a level of resentment against algorithms.  The government formula was designed to standardise grades across the country. Instead, it affected students disproportionately, raising grades for students in smaller classes and more affluent areas. Conversely, students in poorer performing schools had their grades reduced, based on past grades from previous […]