GDPR – What Early Years Providers Need to Know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on the 25th of May 2018. It will revolutionise the way childcare settings handle and manage personal information. This new regulation will replace the EU Data Protection Directive. The central premise of this new regulation is that privacy is a “fundamental right”. There are stringent new fines, new rules and new approaches early years providers need to understand in relation to the nursery data protection experience.

Many early years providers might have heard about GDPR but are, as of yet, unaware of the full implications of this sweeping reform to individual data protection laws. This article will highlight how the GDPR (which stands for General Data Protection Regulation) impacts the nursery environment and how it changes the individual experience.

The GDPR affects everyone

No ifs, no buts, GDPR will impact day care nurseries and childminders and helping to navigate this sea-change of data protection awareness will help make your migration journey more palatable. The GDPR will replace the 1998 Data Protection Directive which will become redundant when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on Friday 25th of May 2018.

The new GDPR regulation will protect every individual in Europe by enshrining a new level of protection on personal privacy rights. The GDPR has a pretty broad definition of “personal data”, which applies “to any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier.” What they mean by “identifier” is any personal data:

  • Name
  • Identification Number
  • Location Data
  • Online Identification

There is a conundrum at the heart of GDPR which surrounds the ambiguity of personal information and the management of this process therein. There are no “set rules”, there are abstract themes that require child care settings to take note. But how do you apply these abstract themes within a functional childcare setting?

How can you better understand the GDPR in the Early Years Environment?


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