If your organisation handles personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. The seventh data protection principle states:
“Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.”
One important obligation is to protect the data you hold. If the information you intend to share is of a personal, confidential or sensitive nature, it should only ever be sent via secure, encrypted transmission methods.
To facilitate this process, a secure,web-based file transfer system (AVCO AnyComms Plus) is available to schools. The system allows files to be sent securely between Buckinghamshire schools, local authority teams and other relevant partner organisations working with children and young people in the county.
Access to the system
Schools can nominate up to 5 people to use the system. Access to the system is free to Buckinghamshire schools, including academies. However, there may be a small charge for some partner organisations wishing to use the system to cover licensing and support costs. For more information, please contact the School Management Support Team.
Instructions for school users of AnyComms Plus are attached below. If you require further help or support please contact the School Management Support Team.
LA Teams currently using the system
A number of teams across the LA are now using the AnyComms Plus system. These include
- School Management Support Team
- Early Years
- HR and Payroll
- Educational Psychology
- Cognition and Learning
- Specialist Teaching Service