Data Protection Regulation

15 June 2018 at 2:41pm
Since there was a lot of interest in my keynote presentation at the EUNIS 2018 conference last week, this post collects together the slides and the blog posts that provide further analysis and discussion of the ideas:
5 June 2018 at 11:24am
The Information Commissioner’s new guidance on Consent under the General Data Protection Regulation contains some useful guidance for universities and colleges in particular.
31 May 2018 at 11:14am
Learning analytics dashboards, like the class mark books that long preceded them, show tutors a lot of information about their students. That could be pretty intrusive, so should universities and colleges be asking students to consent before tutors look at their data?
25 May 2018 at 9:19am
Delighted to report that our first Data Protection Impact Assessment, for the Janet Security Operations Centre, is now publiushed at Thanks to the SOC and GDPR teams who made this happen!
2 May 2018 at 11:48am
Article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation introduces a requirement to conduct a formal Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for any processing that may involve a high risk to individuals. The Article 29 Working Party’s DPIA guidance contains a helpful list of nine factors that may give rise to a high risk. Any activity involving two or more factors is likely to require a DPIA.
1 May 2018 at 9:15am
The Article 29 Working Party has recently highlighted the importance of detecting and mitigating information security breaches.
26 April 2018 at 9:46am
Like the current Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to any research involving data about identifiable living individuals. Also like the Act, the Regulation provides for adaptation in a couple of areas where this is needed to make such research possible.
24 April 2018 at 2:00pm
As the GDPR approaches, several customer organisations have asked us if the Janet network will be offering a data processor contract. Presumably the idea is that the organisation that creates an IP packet is the data controller for the source IP address and that all the other networks that handle the packet on its journey are (sub-)processors.
4 April 2018 at 10:08am
It's well-known that the General Data Protection Regulation says that IP addresses should be treated as personal data because they can be used to single out individuals for different treatment, even if not to actually identify them.
23 March 2018 at 1:24pm
The General Data Protection Regulation's Article 4(1) establishes six principles for any processing of personal data. It's interesting to compare how federated authentication – where a student authenticates to their university/college, which then provides relevant assurances to the website they want to access – performs against those principles when compared with traditional direct logins to websites.
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