If you’ve had any dealings with organisations anywhere in the EU, you will almost certainly have heard of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulations) which come into force on 25 May 2018.

When handling data, even with existing patrons, we need to have a basis of why we want to use this data. Upon review of the data we hold, we now consider that our use of your data falls under the basis of "Legitimate Interest". A further explanation of what this means can be found in our statement of Data Protection and Privacy Values. Please take a look to understand how we handle your data. No action is required on your part for us to continue to provide our services to you. We will respect any preferences you have expressed and you can change these preferences at any time by contacting us.

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Franklin directly. The important points to emphasise are that we do not share your data with anybody else for their own use; that your information is held securely; and that you can always restrict the processing of your data in any way that you may reasonably wish to. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to continuing to be in touch with you about events in your area, news from the OU community and developments at the School.