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What does GDPR mean for me?

I am sure you started receiving hundreds of emails requesting you to confirm your newsletter subscriptions. But what does GDPR mean to you?

In May 25th 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person’s consent. Data includes things like a person’s name, email address and phone number, but can also include information such as qualifications and educational records.

While businesses and institutions such as universities and colleges are working hard to prepare for this, students and graduates often don’t know what the change in data protection legislation will mean for them.

Here we try to make this easy to understand with our “GDPR Bitesize” – some basic information on what this means for you and what rights you have as regards the data held about you.

The 3 questions we will focus on initially are:

  • What is Data Portability
  • What is “The right to be Forgotten”?
  • Can I restrict the processing of my data?

Data Portability

This allows individuals to obtain and reuse a digital copy of their personal data in a safe and secure manner. Data covered by portability requests includes the outcomes of any modules completed as well as any personal data held by the institution.

If you wish to have your university degree held securely to allow prospective employers to see individual modules completed or to evidence your qualification, you can apply to have this information “ported” to your SureCert profile. Having your degree verified from SureCert will allow you to get into jobs quicker, since your profile will be trusted and pre-cleared for employment.

Also, you have the option to securely export all qualifications, references and certificates entered in your SureCert profile.

For more information on how to do this, get in touch with us.

The Right to be Forgotten

This is the right to request that an institution or business erase the personal data it holds on an individual.

The right entitles the student/graduate to instruct the organisation to delete the data, cease distribution of the data and have third parties halt processing of data.

The right is not absolute and only applies in certain circumstances. Individuals can make a request for erasure verbally or in writing. The organisation has one month to respond to a request.

Restrict Data Processing

Individuals have a right to block or suppress processing of personal data where they have a particular reason for wanting the restriction. This means that a student/graduate can limit the way that an institution uses their data. This is an alternative to requesting the erasure of their data.

Individuals have the right to request to restrict the processing of their personal data in the following circumstances:

  1. the individual contests the accuracy of their personal data
  2. the data has been unlawfully processed and the individual opposes erasure and requests restriction instead
  3. the institution no longer needs the personal data but the individual needs it to be retained in order to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim

SureCert and GDPR

Here at SureCert we believe that GDPR is an opportunity for students and graduates to take control of their data and store it in an accessible online portfolio.

Graduates (and even students!) can evidence their qualifications online and grant employers access to these qualifications to make their move from education and in to the labour market faster, securely and friction-free.

Not only does this make applying for jobs easier but it also reduces the potential for qualification fraud, resulting in a safer recruitment process for employing organisations. For more in registering with SureCert go to the candidate page and click on “register”.

Also, with SureCert, every candidate chooses whether to reveal their full profile and contact details to the recruiter. This allows you to have full control on the privacy of your CV and your full profile.

And if you are wondering why the parrot as the featured picture for this article, I will just say… GDParrr!