ICO Blog: Sharing personal data in an emergency – a guide for universities and colleges

Sep 14th '21

Blog by Viv Adams, Principal Policy Adviser in the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Parliament and Government Affairs team.


Starting university or further education can be an exciting time, but for some it can also be a difficult and anxious transition.


We know that universities and colleges work hard to provide support to students who are struggling. That means that universities often have to handle sensitive personal information about them. And we are aware that, sometimes, universities are hesitant to share students’ personal data in an urgent or emergency situation, citing data protection as the problem. That should not be the case.


Put simply, university staff should do whatever is necessary and proportionate to protect someone’s life. Data protection law allows organisations to share personal data in an urgent or emergency situation, including to help them prevent loss of life or serious physical, emotional or mental harm.


Read the full article, here.


Source: ICO


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