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Education Authority launches 'ea Think Data' Campaign

Education Authority launches ‘ea Think Data’ Campaign


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’ includes a series of online webinar broadcasts.

The first programme ‘Get Ready for GDPR’ is now available to watch online here.  

You can also follow the ‘ea Think Data’ conversation on Twitter 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 with any questions and a member of our team will assist with your enquiry.  


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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