Data protection for the Guidance Counsellor (GDPR)

The role of the Guidance Counsellor has been an essential element in providing students and job seekers with professional, objective advice on their strengths, abilities and aptitudes.
As such, the role necessarily involves the processing of personal and often highly confidential information regarding people of all ages. In that context, the activities of the Guidance Counsellor must be compliant with the Irish Data Protection legislation.
Introducing a further challenge, in May 2018 the Irish and European Data Protection landscape will change significantly with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – a new set of data management obligations which will take effect across the European region on the same date.
This article offers a brief overview of the Regulation, as well as setting the day-to-day activities of Guidance Counsellors within that context. The article considers the data being used by the Guidance Counsellor, the particular challenges of working with minors, and the differences between those working as employees of schools or colleges, and those operating as self-employed professionals.
Throughout, we try to offer pragmatic suggestions on how to manage personal data in a manner that is both accessible and relevant for the professional Guidance Counsellor.
 
Published: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
Date for Review: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Authors/Contributors: 
Hugh Jones
Data Protection Specialist
Sytorus Data Protection Consultancy
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