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Education Authority launches 'ea Think Data' Campaign

Education Authority launches ‘ea Think Data’ Campaign

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The UK government recently announced that it will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new law relating to Data Protection, which will have direct effect in UK law from 25 May 2018. GDPR will impact all organisations, including public authorities and schools.

The new GDPR legislation will replace the existing 1998 Data Protection Act.

GDPR is the biggest change to Data Protection law in the UK in 20 years. While the principles are similar to those in the Data Protection Act 1988, there are some additional requirements that organisations within the UK and Northern Ireland need to be aware of.

To ensure that staff, schools, governors and the wider education sector are prepared to meet the requirements of the government’s new legislation the Education Authority (EA) has developed ‘ea Think Data’.

This awareness campaign has been developed to help ensure that schools and the education sector are prepared to comply with the new law.

Developed in partnership with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), ‘ea Think Data’ will see the launch of a series of online webinar broadcasts.

The first programme ‘Get Ready for GDPR’ will be broadcast online here from 15:00 on Thursday 5th October 2017.  Participants will be prompted to register before accessing the webinar.

The webinar will also be available to download from this date so you can watch at a time most convenient to you.

You will also be able to follow the ‘ea Think Data’ conversation on Twitter in the run up to the launch of the webinar using the #eaThinkData hashtag.

The ‘ea Think Data’ online resource pack has also been developed for all staff, schools, governors and education sector stakeholders to facilitate in preparing for GDPR.

It is important that we all start preparations now to ensure we meet the requirements of the new legislation ahead of May 2018.                                                       

Schools can email thinkdata@eani.org.uk with any questions and a member of our team will assist with your enquiry.  

Register now for the ‘Get Ready for GDPR’ webinar 

To register to watch the online webinar please click here.

If you have previously registered on www.eani.org.uk, please login with your username and password.

If you have forgotten your password please click here.

If you experience any difficulty pre-registering for the webinar on the website, please contact 028 8241 1300.

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