Confidential Waste Disposal in the Education Sector

To date, over £6 million in financial penalties have been imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

With the costs associated with security breaches increasing – not just in terms of financial, but also reputational damage, it is becoming more critical for professionals in the Education sector to understand their obligations when it comes to confidential waste disposal and data protection for pupils, students, parents, governors and other key stakeholders. This fact sheet covers:

  • What documents educational facilities should be securely shredding
  • Other non-paper data to consider as part of a confidential waste disposal programme, including destroying hard drives
  • How to minimise scope for human error in the paper shredding process
  • Further Information for the education sector from the ICO

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