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Data Protection is for everyone so be aware of what information you are sharing

Data protection is important for all and I wanted to address this with nannies regarding their CVs. Agencies have reported that nannies are putting on their CVS the full name, address and children’s names, along with emails and phone numbers. This is breaking data protection as CVS are often openly available on websites and anyone can have access to this sensitive information.

Before putting this subject matter out, I also had a call from a parent asking me about data protection and her nanny. Apparently, the nanny had some news about the family which at the time they did not want shared and they were told not to discuss it but had informed her as her job would change slightly, which is very fair of the family. It was discussed at the school gate and got back to the parents. Nannies you are in a privileged position and a highly regarded profession. Please remember gossip travels and it can cost you your job. The Nanny was sacked for breach of confidentially.

Back to CVs.....

All you need to put is

  1. Family name

  2. Position i.e.: Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper which ever role you had

  3. Date of employment

  4. Duties – which can include ages but no names

  5. Reason for leaving

For references you put available on request and this is normally shared at an interview or when you are offered a post.

Nanny training link offers data protection as part of our nanny professionalism module for Ofsted registration common core skills training session. We run courses in Sevenoaks, Reading, Surrey Bournemouth, Kent, London, and Newcastle or via skype. Please contact us if you would like more information.

The Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 2018 controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.

The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles. They must make sure the information is:

  • used fairly, lawfully and transparently

  • used for specified, explicit purposes

  • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and limited to only what is necessary

  • accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date

  • kept for no longer than is necessary

  • handled in a way that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unlawful or unauthorised processing, access, loss, destruction or damage

There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:

  • race

  • ethnic background

  • political opinions

  • religious beliefs

  • trade union membership

  • genetics

  • bio metrics (where used for identification)

  • health

  • sex life or orientation

There are separate safeguards for personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences

Your rights

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, you have the right to find out what information the government and other organisations store about you. These include the right to:

  • be informed about how your data is being used

  • access personal data

  • have incorrect data updated

  • have data erased

  • stop or restrict the processing of your data

  • data portability (allowing you to get and reuse your data for different services)

  • object to how your data is processed in certain circumstances

You also have rights when an organisation is using your personal data for:

  • automated decision-making processes (without human involvement)

  • profiling, for example to predict your behaviour or interests

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