Classlist is compliant with GDPR
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) runs to more than 200 pages. It's a complex, rapidly evolving subject - and can get a bit technical - but you can rest assured that Classlist is fully compliant with the new legislation which comes into force in May 2018.
What do I need to know as a Classlist site Ambassador?
- you must accept Classlist's revised Data Protection Agreement. This describes how Classlist will work as a Data Processor to support the PTA or School as a Data Controller. An authorised member of the PTA or School must accept this agreement, typically through exchange of emails.
- you (the PTA) need to issue a formal, and specifically worded, advance Notice to parents. Don't panic! This simply means you need to put up a sign on a noticeboard, or ask the school to include it with a newsletter. The notice is to inform parents that the PTA is introducing a new communication system, and they may receive an email inviting them to join if they have previously supplied their email address to the PTA. A draft Notice is available on the dedicated GDPR website mentioned above.
- where the PTA or school has not been in electronic contact with a parent previously, the PTA or school must keep on file evidence that the parent has consented to be contacted via email.