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Data Protection & GDPR

What is GDPR?


On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 came into force. The GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It is intended to unify the policies and strengthen the safety and security of all data held within an organisation.

This legislation replaced the Data Protection Act (DPA) and is considered the most significant data protection legislation of the last 20 years. There is a plethora of information about the new legislation available online. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) provides a good starting point with its Overview of GDPR.

Data Controllers and Data Processors


Schools are the data controllers of staff and pupil-related data. The data controller is the person or organisation that determines what data is extracted, its purpose, and who can process it. GDPR increases schools' responsibility to inform pupils and parents about how their data is being used and by whom. Learninet is the data processor of staff, parent and pupil data when a school uploads this data. This is data we are trusted with but do not control.

Learninet is the data controller of parent and pupil data uploaded and managed by parents directly onto the Atom Learning platform.

How we comply with GDPR

  • Cloud Hosted

  • Data Managed

  • No Third PartiesWe do not share personal data with third parties.

  • Bank Level Encryption

    • We encrypt your data in Transit and At Rest using bank-grade 256-bit SSL.

  • Permission-based Access – Schools have complete control over which users have access to which data.

  • Secure logins – Every user has secure logins with automatic logouts after periods of inactivity.

  • Easily retrievable data – Schools can easily download all data that Learninet holds about a pupil, parent, teacher or school.

  • Permanent deletion of data – All users can make subject access and/or right-to-be-forgotten requests by contacting

  • Sanitised data – all pupil data is sanitised before use by internal staff for data analysis and machine learning.

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