• Technologies

Digital Privacy, Safety and Security: the interplay between legal, technical and moral obligations

PL # 12388.
Starting on 14 Nov 2019
Cancellation permitted until 12/11/2019

Event registrations closed on 12/11/2019


With connected technology now being used in the majority of classrooms, it’s critical for schools to increase their understanding about keeping student data safe, including clear insight into what data is being collected, stored and shared by edtech vendors, and what those companies might make of that data. Many EdTech applications and software are designed to make collecting, sharing and storing of student data easier than ever before, facilitating and increasing the potential for data breaches. Even with proper safeguards, the multiple stages through which student data flows is highly vulnerable and open to potentially volatile privacy breaches. These privacy breaches can led to reputation damage to the school, and even worse, concern of a student’s safety and wellbeing.

It is important that schools have established policies and practices in place, including training for teachers and other staff, who have the responsibility to vet websites and apps that collect or host student information.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Gain a general understanding of privacy legislation and how this relates to the education sector.
  • Build confidence towards, and be able to implement your school’s procedures when responding to a data breach incident.
  • Strengthen understanding of data privacy compliance to meet legal, technical and moral obligations to safeguard student data.
  • Gain insight towards school and teacher accountability towards data privacy, safety and security, particularly when adopting vendors into classroom programs.
  • Be provided with a selection of resources to strengthen understanding toward data privacy and protection.


This workshop is presented by Dean McDonald (CEO, RTG) an AISWA 'BrightBytes' partner in the delivery of the "Digital Privacy, Safety and Security" module. RTG services and solutions assist schools with navigating and innovating towards technology practices and pedagogies. Using a consultative process model they work with schools in a range of means towards strategic and education goals, acting as change-agents towards sustainable, adaptable and innovative initiatives that are fit-for-purpose and relevant to a school’s context and challenge. RTG is a leading Australian ICT consulting and managed services business. Based in Melbourne, it specialises in the K-12 education market with over 100 staff located throughout Australia and South East Asia. RTG prides itself on helping educators to understand how to effectively leverage technology to empower learning and student engagement.

A complimentary online school system appraisal (survey) is offered as part of this workshop.

More Information


Dean McDonald


Dean McDonald is CEO and part owner of RTG, a leading ICT consulting and managed services business that specialises in the K-12 education market. Dean has led the team at RTG from being a local Melbourne business with 19 staff to one that now has over 50 clients and 100 staff located throughout Australia and South East Asia.  RTG prides itself on helping educators to understand how to effectively leverage technology to empower learning and student engagement.  RTG is passionate about finding solutions and solving problems for its customers, whilst pushing boundaries that drive results.  Dean leads the team to collaborate, to contribute, and be impeccable with their word.


Melanie Gillies


Melanie Gillies RTG pic

Melanie Gillies is the Education Solutions Consultant at RTG. She has worked in the education and not-for-profit sector for 18 years, specialising in the digital technologies curriculum design, plus cyber safety and security policy and practice. Before RTG, Melanie worked with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as the Senior Advisor for the eSmart Schools program. Skilled in classroom teaching, school leadership, training delivery, organisational and project management, Melanie is currently completing research towards her Master of Education thesis, titled "Creating digital efficacy in the contemporary classroom: maximising connectivity, minimising risk". The aim of her research is to investigate the impact of transparency, accountability and consent on student data privacy between schools and third-party vendor agreements. 


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 08:45
Finishes: 12:45


76 Birkdale Street
Floreat WA 6014

Location Specifics

Wesfarmers Room, Management Centre (top of the hill); morning tea provided; please bring policy and incident response documentation to the workshop.

Learning Area

  • Technologies

School Area

  • Leadership
  • Business Manager

Event Contact

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