Last reviewed on 17 September 2021
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Personal data accessed by staff at home must be kept secure. With more staff than ever working remotely, take these steps to keep documents containing personal data safe, avoid a data breach and stay compliant with the UK GDPR.

Do everything in your power to prevent a breach of personal data

This is part of the "integrity and confidentiality" principle of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR).

This includes making sure that staff keep secure any physical documents containing personal data that they take home, to prevent the data from being lost, stolen or accidentally leaked.

There are no specific rules on how you must do this. Consider taking the practical measures below, as advised by our associate education expert Mark Trusson, as well as any additional measures you think will improve data security.

Read more about the UK GDPR and how to make sure your school is compliant in our other articles.

Store data electronically so it can be remotely accessed, where possible

As far as possible, keep personal data in an electronic format on a secure