Don't leave your online front door open

Issue date: 01 October 2018

It's been several months since the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) so we thought it was time for a quick refresh of data handling good practice. Sloppy data handling can affect you, your studies and those around you – so set good data habits now to save stress in the long term.

Don't leave your online front door open

When you leave your house, you lock your front door, right? Do the same for your laptop/PC/university computer. Don't leave your personal data, and potentially other people's, at risk.

To help with this, we'll be introducing auto-locking of student computers – they'll lock after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Show a little respect

Depending on what course you're studying, you may be handling other people's information for research projects or dissertations. Respect other people's information, as you'd like yours to be respected, too.

If you'd like advice on how you should be handing, processing and storing other people's data, check with your supervisor or module leader.

It's all about the cloud

Think about the data you're handling and how it could be misused in the wrong hands. Keep it safely stored whether that's online or print.

USBs are a thing of the past – it's all about the cloud now. As part of Office 365, you get access to 1TB of data storage which is more than you'll ever need…

You have rights

As a data subject, you have rights in relation to how we process your data. Please see the UWE Bristol Statement of Intent regarding data subject rights for further details.

Contact us

For any queries, email the Data Protection and Privacy Office at

Related articles

Introduction of GDPR

Helpful tips to help you keep your data secure

How to access Office 365

Student Data Privacy Notice (PDF)

Data Subject Rights (PDF)

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