Two major privacy breaches in Victorian schools: PAW messages more relevant than ever

Just two weeks ago School Governance published three articles for Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) on the topic of trust, transparency and data security. Our most read article was New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

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School discovers inappropriate material on former teacher’s computer: What’s on a hard drive?

Two Victorian non-government schools have been praised for their responses to the recent discovery of inappropriate material involving children on a teacher’s hard drive. The teacher in question has been charged and proceedings are due to commence in August.  The potential criminal actions by the teacher are fairly clear on the facts but his liability is ultimately a matter for a court.

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the Privacy Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in 2014.

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Asthma management: New Vic Action Plans and a Ministerial Order may be next

In Australia, 1 in 9 people suffer from asthma, a chronic lung-condition which causes inflammation and constricting of a person’s airways. While asthma can have minor effects if appropriately managed, severe conditions can interfere with daily life or lead to life-threatening attacks. Symptoms can flare up with little notice, with attacks potentially triggered by exercising, catching a cold or simply breathing in smoke or cold air.

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Bullying in Schools – The 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Schools across the country have been invited to ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence next Friday 17 March 2017. According to the website, The National Day of Action (NDA) is calling on schools to ask their students ‘what’s your anti-bullying message?’ .

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Schools in the digital era: 5 things schools need to know about cyber security

The sophistication and complexity of cyber attacks around the world has increased with more technology and software available to make life easier.  However, these positive technological advances come with the inherent risk of hackers or cyber attackers emerging and finding ways into users’ computer systems.  The increased and commonplace use of computers in the 21st century comes with an important reminder for schools to be aware of cyber security risks.

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