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We have received queries from some of our educational establishments around a message from Lord Agnew that mentions preparedness around the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal (No-Deal Brexit).
The message says:
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will not have in place an Adequacy Agreement for processing personal data and will be classed as a third party under GDPR. There is therefore a chance that a narrow interpretation of the provisions in GDPR could lead to a regulator in an EU country restricting the transfers of UK personal data in the EEA.
It is important, therefore, that schools review their current data protection contracts and policies before 31 October, as they will need to ensure that they have the correct Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) or other Alternative Transfer Mechanisms to continue to legally receive and process personal data from the EEA. If schools do not complete this action, they may be unable to access personal date stored in the EEA that they require to operate and may find that organisational partners restrict relationships due to regulatory concerns.
As a DPO it is our opinion that it would be unrealistic at this stage for individual schools to be trying to construct individual contracts and clauses until there is more clarity. Schools that engage with us as their DPO should not be concerned. As a responsible organisation One West is ready to help and our team have already prepared templates that will reflect a post No-Deal Brexit situation if this occurs.
We are proud to have been finalists at the APSE service award for the Best Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship Initiative 2019.
Three hundred and twenty Councils can enter these awards and One West was one of just eight shortlisted in its category.
Our submission was based on our support for schools and others in response to GDPR legislation.
The challenge of meeting GDPR was substantial not just for large organisations but for small and medium sized businesses and we are proud to say One West was right there to help.
We worked with the Education and Care sectors to develop a service offer that would deliver not just VFM but be a positive contribution to social value.
By combining the principles of good governance across our services we were able to assist over 200 new clients ensuring their compliance. We were also able to make surpluses able to be invested in other services of value.
We are continuing to work with these clients supporting both their GDPR needs and other types of need met by our range of specialist professional services.
We would like to pass congratulations to the winners in what we were advised was a close run contest and a difficult category to decide.
We provide excellent value for money for our customers with expertise working with government bodies, education, charities and care providers.
We have a skilled and experienced workforce and are constantly growing our business to encompass more services to a broader range of clients.
Our service is known for quality, and we aim to be a valued and trusted partner to our clients putting customer need first.
We want to provide distinctive, innovative services that make life easier for our customers, helping them to get the outcomes they need.
This means we can be a positive contributor to local communities and the public sector and helps us to remain sustainable for long term support of our clients.