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Student Analytics & Privacy

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

July 2019

Since the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into force, universities like many other non-profit institutions have been confronted with severe limitations to gather the data they need to improve what they do – in our case teach.

The problem is not that the European and national legislation forbids it, but that in-house lawyers tend to be overcautious and restrictive in the formulation of the goals of data gathering – and you can’t use them for anything you haven´t declared at the outset.

Now the Student Analytics specialist at VU has produced a Code of Practice (in Dutch, English version online soon) of Student Analytics – properly endorsed by the VU leadership – which gives a much broader definition of the purposes for which the data may be used: basically everything which helps to improve our education. A very laudable initiative. VU has also produce a translation of the Code of Practice into English so that other universities can profit from it as well and will put on their website shortly.

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