In the digital age, safeguarding personal and commercial data is paramount for all institutions, particularly in higher education. Universities hold a responsibility to protect the sensitive data of students and staff, a task that's crucial for maintaining trust and credibility.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective from May 2018, has significantly raised the standards for data handling. It demands increased accountability, clearer consent processes, prompt responses to access requests, and stringent contracts with third parties. In the years since its introduction, the GDPR has evolved, reflecting changes in technology and data use. Non-compliance risks not just hefty penalties but also reputational damage.

We have specialist knowledge and experience available to help universities comply with relevant legislation and protect this valuable resource; and to provide a health check of progress towards GDPR compliance.