GDPR - Are you READY yet? by Sylvia Gillpatrick

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the European Union’s effort to ensure privacy and security of an individual’s data, in all aspects of life -- at work, at home and everywhere else.

International schools have always demonstrated a strong commitment to “safe, secure and caring environments”. The enhanced protection of student and staff data is an extension of that commitment.

The GDPR is due to be enforced beginning May 25th. Rarely has any regulation, anywhere, generated as much interest, confusion, and apprehension about the consequences for schools of not being “fully compliant”.

First Segment

This session will begin with a brief overview of the 99 page regulation, focusing on the most important aspects of the legislation expected to have an impact in international schools.

  • New roles, and expectations, within school – data controllers and Data Protection Officers
  • The new requirements for data mapping, risk analysis and data breach reporting to local agencies
  • The new requirements for responding to requests from individuals about their data
  • The reach of the regulation to software and other services provided by other organizations
  • Definitions of terms – such as the difference between privacy and cyber security
  • And more...

Second Segment

Next will be a summary of assumptions and what we believe at this point in time. There are a number of “gray areas” in the regulation and many, including many large international companies, are still working to fully understand the requirements of GDPR.

The next segment will be devoted to questions and answers as well as examples of what other schools are doing to prepare for GDPR compliance.

Finally, resources about GDPR and about how individuals can be safer online will be provided. We can all make great strides in protecting our own data by following some simple best practices as we navigate the internet with our devices – smartphones, laptops, email, apps and more.

Sylvia Gillpatrick

Over the last 20 years, Sylvia Gillpatrick has led major, technology-driven projects in the K-12 education sector as an independent consultant.

As a program manager she led the implementation of three, statewide, computer adaptive assessments - one in Idaho partnering with NWEA, one in Delaware partnering with AIR and one for the Oregon Department of Education. From 2006 through 2014, she was employed by major education organizations – Schoolnet, McGraw-Hill, the State of Oregon, the State of Delaware, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Educational Policy and Improvement Center (EPIC). She led the implementation of school performance systems in Chicago and Atlanta public schools, developing an online assessment/curriculum project for McGraw Hill and led EPIC’s federal contract with the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).

Since re-establishing her consulting practice in November of 2014, she has collaborated on several new product development projects related to K-12 education – using technology to align curriculum between community colleges and K-12, so students can avoid developmental math and English in their first year of college and a second one using technology to greatly expand the use of video beyond it’s current use in education. She is also an experienced grant reviewer focusing on federal and state grants in both k-12 and higher education.

Prior to specializing in K-12 education and technology consulting, Sylvia worked as a CPA, VP of Administration for Management Compensation Group, providing organizational design and IT program management services. She has over 15 years of experience in planning, analysis, design and implementation of complex information systems in the public sector.

She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California (UCLA) and a graduate degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Oregon. After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for an international accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche, obtaining the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA). While working in the finance and insurance industry, she held both Series 7 and 6 certifications. Over the course of her consulting career, she also earned a Professional Management Professional (PMP) designation.

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Additional Info

  • Timetable: Friday, 12:30-13:30 Hubert