Ransomware still a Top Cyber Security Threat for Schools

Ransomware is described by the BBC as computer viruses that threaten to delete your files unless you pay a ransom. Like other computer viruses, it usually finds its way onto a device by exploiting a security hole in vulnerable software or by tricking somebody into installing it. According to the Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (the Report), ransomware […]

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New Vic Child Information Sharing Laws Passed – Do they really protect children?

The Victorian Parliament’s recent passing of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Information Sharing Act), which primarily amends the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) has prompted divisive reactions. While the Information Sharing Act purports to ”promote the wellbeing and safety of children” through the establishment of an information sharing scheme amongst specified entities, there are concerns that the effect of the legislation will actually be negative on children, not positive.

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April 19: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Schools report big rise in school cyberbullying According to the West Australian, reports of school students suffering from cyberbullying have surged in the past year. Ahead of a meeting of education ministers in Adelaide last week, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner released figures that show it has received 265 complaints of cyberbullying from children […]

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Notifiable Data Breach Scheme: One Month, 31 Reports and One Facebook Scandal Later

Since the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme has been in effect, there have been 31 data breach notices filed. The ongoing Facebook personal information issue also brings into sharp focus the privacy obligations of all non-government schools who are governed by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

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WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Government Schools (the Guide). The requirements of the Guide will have effect from 1 July 2018, meaning that all non-government schools, not just those due for renewal of registration this year, need to be compliant with the requirements of the Guide.

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Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Acts Commences: Could Schools be Subject to Greater Scrutiny?

Submissions to the review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits legislation ended on 28 February 2017. The Review presents an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the legislative framework, the regulation of the sector and to identify any improvements that can be made.

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April 12: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Australian Privacy Commissioner opens investigation into Facebook The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Australia’s Privacy Commissioner has launched an investigation into Facebook after the social media giant revealed that the data of 311,000 Australians may have been “improperly shared” with data science firm Cambridge Analytica. Federal MPs are holding off from any further action – […]

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