Last reviewed on 29 June 2018
School types: All · School phases: All
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Data protection legislation does not apply to parents recording meetings for their own personal use. Find out how you can deal with parents who want to record conversations.

Recordings for personal use

Individuals are free to make recordings of meetings for their personal domestic use. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 do not apply to this activity.

Domestic use includes recordings made for the purpose of convenience, or for individuals to ensure they're clear about what was said later. This exemption applies even if the recording features information about third parties, such as other pupils.

Forbes added that there is little action you can take if you find that a parent has recorded a conversation for their personal use. However, you should discuss with the parent why they felt the need to record the conversation and find out what it will be used for. These discussions should be used to try and resolve any issues to avoid the incident occurring again, as well