Data Protection Policy & GDPR Compliance

This agreement supports our joint obligation to comply not only with the Data Protection Act 2003 and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) mandate, but also the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in force from May 2018. It details the data objects and items that are shared, and the use, storage, and security of the data that Schools share with Earwig Academic Reporting Ltd (Earwig).

All the personal data about school staff or pupils held by Earwig has been supplied by the School. The School is the Controller of this data for the purpose of the GDPR and Earwig is acting merely as the agent of the School in applying this data for purposes approved by the School. It is therefore the responsibility of the School to ensure that this data is kept secure and accurate. Earwig will do whatever is necessary to ensure compliance with the letter and spirit of the regulations, as follows.

The principles which Earwig applies to the management of personal data are

  1. That all Earwig data will be held only within the UK.
  2. That all data will be encrypted during transmission and processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage.
  3. That Earwig will only hold such personal data as is required to fulfil its obligations under this contract and that once this data is no longer required for this purpose, it will be deleted.
  4. That Earwig will provide the School with whatever information it requires to fulfil its obligations in terms of data transparency.
  5. In the event of any breach of the security of the personal data related to the School Earwig will inform the school within 48 hours so that the School may comply with its obligations to keep the affected people informed.

Signature of the Earwig Application form by authorised staff at any educational establishment within the UK indicates the acceptance by that entity of the terms of this agreement.


Below is the list of personal information which Earwig requires to provide the Earwig service.  Where appropriate, the data is classified in accordance with the UK Government’s Information Security Design Manual Business Impact Levels.


  • Name
  • Assigned classes or groups
  • Official school photo
  • Parents names


  • Name, Position
  • Work email address
  • Assigned classes or groups


  • Name, Address, Email address
  • Name and contact details of the appointed
  • Headteacher
  • Earwig Administrator
  • Data Controller
  • Business Manager
  • IT support


  • Name, Email address, relevant children.


We do not collect or retain credit card information.

We do not  provide or sell any personal information to third parties. This information is only available to the relevant client school and certain employees and contractors who have a need for it in the execution of their job.  All Earwig employees and contractors with access to this information hold current DBS certificates.

We may use independent contractors to provide services on our behalf. Such third parties may have access to personal information in the course of providing services on our behalf. Any personal information that we provide to such third parties is protected under a confidentiality agreement. Such third parties will have current DBS certificates and take commercially reasonable measures to keep your personal information safe, private and secure.

We automatically collect and store:

  • the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet;
  • the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer
  • the date and time of access our sites
  • the Internet address of the site from which the user arrived.

We use this information only as anonymous aggregate data to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our sites, to ensure the sites are working properly, and to help us make our sites more useful. We do not use it to track or record information about individuals.

When you use our services as a registered user, we utilize cookies to store information about your visits to make your revisits more efficient for you and us. It is necessary to place the cookie on your computer’s hard drive in order for us to do this. We do not sell or give this information to any outside parties.

We use commercially reasonable measures to provide secure transmission of personal information to us. You should be aware that there is a level of risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. As a result, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of the information that is transmitted over the Internet, and that you do so at your own risk.

Currently, Earwig does not host any advertisements on our site. This could change in the future, and if it does, a revised privacy policy will be issued.

Our website may contain links to other sites for your convenience. In most cases, those sites are not under our control, and they have their own policies regarding privacy, which you should review before using them. We bear no responsibility for linked websites and provide these links solely for your convenience and information.


It is the responsibility of the School to ensure that the data in Earwig is always current.

If the School cannot implement an automated update process it will assign a person to update data manually through the Earwig website or by sending and data revisions to Earwig customer services in the form of a spreadsheet,

The data held by Earwig is protected from exposure by multiple layers of firewalling, authentication, intrusion detection and physical access control.


Earwig is registered with the UK ICO.  Certificate No. ZB450961.

The Earwig Data Controller is Mark Hindmarsh – Customer Services Director.

Earwig holds a current CYBER ESSENTIALS Certificate of Assurance (No.f05c2fab-a06e-4dbd-8c82-f2bc41d244bd).


Under current legislation, each client school may determine the length of time that data about individuals is held in Earwig after that individual ceases to have a day-to-day relationship with the school.

By default, in order to fulfil its obligations for historic data an performance analysis under its contract with schools, Earwig will retain all media and associated metadata for five years after the last User tagged to that media has been Archived. Then it will be deleted.  However, any client school may change the retention period for that school by requesting a different retention period  in writing.