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Seminar Privacy in Education (4 October)

22 June 2016

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Tuesday 4 October 2016 from 1 to 5.15 p.m. Location: Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen.


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The seminar focuses on data in higher education and how to protect it. More specifically, we will discuss privacy aspects of processing students’ personal details. The approach will be ‘from the outside in’, with ‘outside’ referring to matters such as legislation and relevant technological and other developments in society, and ‘inside’ to the University of Groningen itself – what is being done in the framework of privacy and security of personal data in the student life cycle.


This seminar aims to promote awareness of how personal details are processed within education processes and how to improve privacy in order to prevent deliberate or accidental violations of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Target group

This seminar is intended for student administration office staff, policy officials, study advisors, student counsellors, boards of examiners, lecturers, directors of institutes of education and student representatives. In other words, for everyone!

Aramis Jean Pierre
Aramis Jean Pierre
Dimitri Tokmetzis
Dimitri Tokmetzis


  • Dimitri Tokmetzis is a historian and data journalist for De Correspondent with a mission: to make the technology that nowadays determines our lives accessible to all. After all, he says, ‘Technology is too important to leave in the hands of nerds.’
  • Aramis Jean Pierre has been Data Protection Officer at DUO (the Education Executive Agency) for over ten years. He is an expert in the field of the protection of personal details in education processes.

Background information

Data is being collected at each and every moment in the education chain at the University of Groningen, from the moment a student applies, throughout his or her studies and up to the degree certificate ceremony. According to the General Data Protection Regulation, ‘personal data’ means ‘any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person’. This means that the data directly refer to certain person or can be traced back to him or her.

The General Data Protection Regulation gives people better control of their personal data. The University must ensure that parties involved (i.e. students) are properly informed of how their personal data is processed and that this data is processed securely.

The European regulation was recently published and is now in force, replacing the Data Protection Directive. Organizations will now have two years to implement the new regulation.

The University has been working on improving administrative support of the student life cycle for several years. Processes are being digitized and automated. The security of the underlying information systems and safeguarding the privacy of all 30,000 students is extremely important in this context.

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