The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has just entered into force. This will have an impact on students’ and teachers’ data protection as well as in the internal management and processing of data in the education trade unions.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and has been designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

ETUCE guidelines intend to facilitate compliance with the new GDPR   as well as to minimise the risks associated to data protection handling and management both in education institutions and trade unions.

Data protection, privacy and online security in education institutions and in trade unions is fundamental. Teachers, schools and trade unionists should regard the introduction of the GDPR regulation as a way of further enhancing how they deal with personal data. New GDPR rules should respect existing data protection systems and only complement them for a more effective protection when required.