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As international schools operate in a global context, they often collect and transfer the personal data of students, staff, and parents across borders. This poses significant risks to individuals’ privacy and data protection. Therefore, international schools should take necessary precautions to reduce the risks of international personal data transfers.

  1. Conduct a Data Inventory: The first step in reducing the risk of personal data transfers is to conduct a data inventory. This means identifying and categorizing all personal data collected, processed, and transferred by the school. A data inventory helps to understand the type of personal data the school handles and how it is used, stored, and transferred.
  2. Ensure Compliance with Data Protection Laws: International schools should ensure that their personal data transfers comply with relevant data protection laws. For example, schools should ensure that they have obtained valid consent from data subjects for data transfers and that they have implemented adequate security measures to protect personal data.
  3. Implement Data Protection Measures: Schools should implement data protection measures, such as access controls, encryption, and data minimization, to reduce the risk of unauthorized access, use, and disclosure of personal data. Schools should also implement measures to ensure that data is only transferred to authorized parties and for legitimate purposes.
  4. Conduct Due Diligence on Third Parties: Schools should conduct due diligence on third parties, such as vendors and service providers, that process personal data on their behalf. This includes ensuring that third parties have implemented adequate data protection measures and comply with data protection laws.
  5. Provide Data Subject Rights: International schools should provide data subjects with rights to access, rectify, and delete their personal data. Schools should also provide data subjects with the right to object to the processing of their personal data and the right to data portability.

In conclusion, international schools should take necessary precautions to reduce the risks of international personal data transfers. This includes conducting a data inventory, ensuring compliance with data protection laws, implementing data protection measures, conducting due diligence on third parties, and providing data subject rights. By implementing these measures, schools can ensure that personal data is transferred securely and with respect for individuals’ privacy and data protection rights.