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DfE DPA guidance and the Microsoft response

8 June 2015 at 3:11pm

The DfE has issued an advice and information document to assist educational organisations as they move software solutions to the cloud. The document focuses on the Data Protection Act so that people can be made aware of their duties and obligations.

The document itself can be found at this link

Microsoft's responses can be found at this link