Whatsapp not harmless for teachers

WhatsApp is convenient for many teachers to easily and quickly communicate with students and parents. But in the opinion of the Hessian data protection officer, this is not without danger.

Whatsapp: That’s why teachers should be careful when communicating

“But when it comes to the processing of personal, academic data, the teacher is in a different legal context,” the EDPS emphasizes in his report. The teacher appears in the name of the school, this is responsible place and must guarantee in principle for the security and comprehensibility of the data processing and the communication.

According to the Hessian Education Act, the processing of personal data is only permissible “as far as this is necessary for the lawful fulfillment of the school’s educational and educational mission and for any related purpose or for the implementation of school organizational measures”.