Capitol University (CU) obtains, uses, stores and otherwise processes Personal Data in order to carry out its functions. The University is registered as a Data Controller with the National Privacy Commission.

When Processing their Personal Data, the University is obliged to fulfil individuals’ reasonable expectations of privacy by complying with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA).


This policy covers all Personal Data CU Process about Data Subjects regardless of the medium on which that Personal Data is stored. This policy applies to all staff, employees and others who Process Personal Data on the University’s behalf.

The Data Subjects whose Personal Data CU Process include potential staff and students (applicants), current staff and students, former staff and students, current and former workers, suppliers, website users, contacts and research subjects, visitors and users of University facilities.


The CU Management is responsible for driving and maintaining a culture that respects the protection of Personal Data across the University and is accountable for the University’s processing of Personal Data.

All Deans and Heads are responsible for ensuring that all University staff within their area of responsibility comply with this policy and should implement appropriate practices, processes, controls and training to ensure that compliance.

Decisions taken under this policy should be risk based, with particular reference to risks to the interests and fundamental rights of the Data Subjects. Decision making should be escalated to the appropriate level based on the risks posed.

Each member of staff and others who process Personal Data on behalf of the University (e.g. student assistant) is responsible for complying with this policy, implementing the policy in their own work, and attending the Data Protection training provided that’s appropriate to their role. A failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action.

The Data Privacy Officer (DPO) is responsible for overseeing this policy and the processes which underpin it, developing related policies and guidelines, advising the University on its obligations under Data Privacy Act and monitoring compliance. [email protected].

Policy Statement

We will fulfil individuals’ reasonable expectations of privacy by complying with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA).

We will:

    • protect individuals’ Personal Data and only Process it in compliance with Data Privacy Act and with good practice
    • be clear about how Personal Data must be Processed and the University’s expectations for all those who Process Personal Data on its behalf
    • Process Personal Data effectively and efficiently to achieve the purposes for which it was obtained
    • protect the University’s reputation by ensuring the Personal Data entrusted to it is Processed in accordance with Data Subjects’ rights
    • protect the University from risks of Personal Data Breaches and other breaches of Data Privacy Act and hence from
    • Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner (Lawfulness, Fairness and Transparency)
    • collected only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further Processed in a manner incompatible with those purposes (Purpose Limitation)
    • adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is Processed (Data Minimization)
    • accurate and where necessary kept up to date (Accuracy)
    • not kept in a form which permits identification of Data Subjects for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the Personal Data is Processed (Storage Limitation)
    • Processed in a manner that ensures its security, using appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect against unauthorized or unlawful Processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage (Security, Integrity and Confidentiality).

The University is responsible for, and must be able to demonstrate compliance with, the data protection principles listed above (Accountability). University staff, suppliers and others who Process Personal Data on the University’s behalf will give effect to this policy through complying with the Data Privacy Standard and related policies, procedures and processes.

Data Protection Standard

This standard states how we will give effect to the policy statement and comply with Data Protection Law.



The University will only Process Personal Data fairly and lawfully and for specified purposes. These restrictions are not intended to prevent Processing, but ensure that we Process Personal Data for legitimate purposes without prejudicing the rights and freedoms of Data Subjects. In order to be justified, the University may only Process Personal Data if the Processing in question is based on one (or more) of the legal basis set out below. Section 1.3 below deals with justifying the Processing of Sensitive Personal Data.

The legal basis for Processing non-sensitive Personal Data are as follows:

    • the Data Subject has given his or her Consent
    • the Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the Data Subject (e.g. monitoring academic performance in order to provide the relevant qualification for which the student has enrolled) or where the Data Subject has requested the University to take specific steps before entering into a contract
    • to meet our legal compliance obligations
    • to protect the Data Subject’s vital interests (i.e. matters of life or death)
    • to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions where the task or function has a clear basis in law
    • to pursue our legitimate interests. This is only permissible in circumstances where our legitimate interests are not overridden because the Processing prejudices the interests or fundamental rights and freedom of Data The specific legitimate interest or interests that the University is pursuing when Processing Personal Data will need to be set out in relevant Privacy Notices. This ground can only be relied upon for private, rather than public, functions.

We will identify the legal basis which is being relied on, and the purposes for each Processing activity, and will document them in each Privacy Notice provided to Data Subjects.


The University will only obtain a Data Subject’s Consent where there is genuine choice and genuine control by the Data Subject whether or not to Consent to the Processing. We will rely on other legal basis where they are appropriate for the Processing.

A Data Subject Consents to Processing of their Personal Data if he/she indicates agreement clearly either by a statement or positive action to the Processing. Silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity will not be sufficient. If Consent is given in a document that deals with other matters, we will ensure that the Consent is separate and distinct from those other matters.

We will enable Data Subjects to be able to withdraw Consent to Processing easily at any time and will promptly respect that withdrawal of Consent.

Where there are changes to the Processing of Personal Data which are different to and incompatible with the original purposes, we will renew the Consent prior to any Processing.

We will ensure that we gain evidence of Consent and maintain a record of all Consents obtained so that we can demonstrate compliance.

Applicable Privacy Notices will provide detail where the Data Subject’s Consent is required (e.g. for electronic marketing and some research purposes).


The University will only Process Sensitive Personal Data where it is strictly necessary to carry out a specific purpose. The Processing of Sensitive Personal Data must be based on one of the legal basis for Processing non-sensitive Personal data as well as one of the additional legal basis for Processing Sensitive Personal data.

Sensitive Personal Data is data revealing:

    • racial or ethnic origin
    • political opinions
    • religious or philosophical beliefs

It also includes the Processing of:

    • genetic data
    • biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person
    • data concerning health
    • data concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation
    • personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences including the alleged commission of offences or proceedings for offences or alleged offences

Processing Sensitive Personal Data represents a greater intrusion in individual privacy than when Processing non-sensitive Personal Data. We will therefore take special care when Processing Sensitive Personal Data, in particular in ensuring the necessity of the Processing and security of the Sensitive Personal Data.


The University is required to provide detailed, specific information to Data Subjects about what happens to their Personal Data. The information provided will depend on whether the information was collected directly from Data Subjects or from elsewhere. That information must be provided through appropriate Privacy Notices which must be

concise, transparent, intelligible, easily accessible, and in clear and plain language so that a Data Subject can easily understand what happens to their Personal Data. This will support the University to meet its transparency obligations.

Where Personal Data is collected indirectly (for example, from a third party or publically available source) we will provide the Data Subject with all the required information as soon as possible after collecting/receiving the data (unless notice has already been given).


Personal Data must be collected only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes. It must not be further Processed in any manner incompatible with those purposes.

The University will therefore not use Personal Data for entirely new, different or incompatible purposes from those disclosed when it was first obtained unless the Data Subject has been informed of the new purposes and where necessary has given Consent. Where the further Processing is not based on the Data Subject’s Consent or on a lawful exemption from Data Protection Law requirements, we will assess whether a new purpose is compatible through following the Change of Processing Purposes Procedure.

Provided that prescribed safeguards are implemented, further Processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes, and statistical purposes will not be regarded as incompatible. We will follow the Change of Processing Purposes Procedure to determine whether the safeguards are adequate.


Personal Data must be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is Processed. The University will ensure that the Personal Data It Processes is adequate and relevant to the purposes for which it is intended to be Processed and will not amass large volumes of Personal Data that are not relevant for those purposes.

The University’s staff and others Processing data on its behalf will only Process Personal Data when performing their job duties which require it and will not Process Personal Data for any reason unrelated to those job duties.

We will ensure that when Personal Data is no longer needed for specified purposes, it is securely destroyed or anonymised in accordance with the University’s data Retention Schedules and Personal Data Destruction Procedure.


The University will ensure that the Personal Data we use and hold is accurate, complete, kept up to date and relevant to the purpose for which we collected it. We will correct or delete inaccurate data without delay.

We will check the accuracy of any Personal Data at the point of collection and follow the procedure for reviewing the data at regular intervals thereafter.

Where a Data Subject has requested his/her Personal Data to be rectified or erased, we will follow the Rights of Data Subjects. Data Subjects will be notified of the outcome of their request.


The University will not keep Personal Data in a form which allows Data Subjects to be identified for longer than needed for the purposes for which the data is processed. The purposes for which the data is Processed are set out in the relevant Privacy Notices. Personal Data may need to be kept for longer in order to satisfy any legal, accounting or reporting requirements and/or risks. Were appropriate we will consider the use of Pseudonymization and anonymization to protect Personal Data.

We will take all reasonable steps to destroy or erase from the University’s systems all Personal Data that we no longer require in accordance with all relevant University records retention schedules and policies.

We will ensure that Data Subjects are informed of the period for which their Personal Data is stored or how that period is determined by providing a link to the appropriate retention schedule in each relevant Privacy Notice.



The University will secure Personal Data by appropriate technical and organizational measures against unauthorized or unlawful Processing, and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. We will take into account the risks to Data Subjects in particular when developing, implementing and maintaining safeguards.

Safeguarding the data will include the use of encryption and Pseudonymization where appropriate. It also includes protecting the confidentiality (i.e. that only those who need to know and are authorized to use Personal Data have access to it), integrity and availability of the Personal Data. We will regularly evaluate and test the effectiveness of those safeguards to ensure security of our Processing of Personal Data.

University staff will be responsible for protecting the Personal Data that they Process in the course of their duties. We will therefore handle Personal Data in a way that guards against accidental loss or disclosure or other unintended or unlawful Processing and in a way that maintains its confidentiality. We will exercise particular care in protecting Sensitive Personal Data from loss and unauthorised access, use or disclosure.

University staff will comply with and not attempt to circumvent the administrative, physical and technical safeguards we implement. These include the related policies referenced in Appendix B and all applicable processes and procedures, with particular reference to ICTS policies and procedures for engaging third parties to Process Personal Data.


The University is required to report to the National Privacy Commission (NPC) any Personal Data Breach where it is likely that there will be a risk to an individual’s rights and freedoms as a result of the Breach. Where the Personal Data Breach results in a high risk to a Data Subject, they also have to be notified unless certain criteria have been met.

All University staff will follow the procedures put in place to deal with any suspected Personal Data Breaches immediately following an incident and notify the DPO.

The University will retain all evidence relating to Personal Data Breaches in particular to enable us to maintain a record of such breaches. A log of Personal Data Breaches will be maintained which will be regularly reported to the CU Top Management.


Data Subjects have rights in relation to the way we handle their Personal Data. Unless certain exemptions apply, these rights must be complied with usually within one month of receipt.

All University staff will immediately comply with the rights of Data Subjects on receiving a Data Subject’s request in relation to their rights.


Data Subjects have the right to receive copy of their Personal Data which is held by the University. In addition, he/she is entitled to receive further information about the University’s Processing of their Personal Data as follows:

    • the purposes
    • the categories of Personal Data being processed
    • recipients/categories of recipient
    • retention periods
    • information about their rights
    • the right to complain to the NPC
    • any third-party source of the Personal Data

All University staff will comply with the Responding to Data Subject Access Requests Procedure.



The University must implement appropriate technical and organizational measures in an effective manner to ensure compliance with data protection principles. The University is responsible for, and must be able to demonstrate compliance with, the data protection principles.

We will therefore apply adequate resources and controls to ensure and to document NPC compliance including:

    • appointing and resourcing a suitably qualified DPO
    • implementing Privacy by Design when Processing Personal Data and completing Data Privacy Impact Assessment where Processing presents a high risk to the privacy of Data Subjects
    • integrating data protection into our policies, procedures, in the way Personal Data is handled by us and by producing required documentation such as Privacy Notices, Records of Processing, records of Personal Data Breaches
    • training staff on compliance with Data Privacy Act and keeping a record accordingly
    • regularly testing the privacy measures implemented and conducting periodic reviews and audits to assess compliance, including using results of testing to demonstrate compliance improvement


The NPC requires the University to keep full and accurate records of all our data Processing activities.

We will keep and maintain accurate corporate records reflecting our Processing, including records of Data Subjects’ Consents and procedures for obtaining Consents. We will maintain a Personal Data Processing Register which will include:

    • clear descriptions of the categories of Personal Data
    • categories of Data Subjects
    • Processing activities
    • Processing purposes
    • third-party recipients of the Personal Data
    • Personal Data storage locations
    • Personal Data transfers
    • the Personal Data’s retention period and a
    • description of the security measures in


The University is required to ensure that all University staff and employees undergo adequate training to enable them to comply with Data Privacy Act. All staff must undergo mandatory Data Privacy related training. Where appropriate training relevant to specific Processing of Personal Data will also be provided.

We will also regularly review the University’s systems and processes to ensure they comply with this policy. All Staff will assist in the reviewing of systems and processes under their control.


The University is required to implement Privacy-by-Design measures when Processing Personal Data, by implementing appropriate technical and organizational measures (like Pseudonymization) in an effective manner, to ensure compliance with Data Privacy principles.

We will therefore ensure that by default only Personal Data which is necessary for each specific purpose is Processed, and only for the length of time necessary and with availability only to those people who have a need to access the Personal Data.

We will follow the Data Privacy Impact Assessment to determine which Processing of Personal Data should be subject to DPIAs. All systems Processing Personal Data will undertake a Data Protection Threshold Assessment. The University will also conduct DPIAs in respect of high-risk Processing before that Processing is undertaken.


In the absence of Consent, a legal obligation or other legal basis of Processing, Personal Data will not generally be disclosed to third parties unrelated to the University (e.g. students’ parents, members of the public).

Some bodies have a statutory power to obtain information (e.g. government agencies). Further, without a warrant, the police have no automatic right of access to records of Personal Data, though voluntary disclosure may be permitted for the purposes of preventing/detecting crime or for apprehending offenders.

All staff will comply with the Responding to Data Subject Access Request Procedure in disclosing Personal Data.

Some additional sharing of Personal Data for research purposes may also be permissible, subject to certain safeguards.


University staff should contact the DPO if they have any questions about the operation of this policy or the application of Data Privacy Act or if they have any concerns that this policy is not being followed. In particular, the DPO should be contacted if:

    • you are unsure of the lawful basis on which you are relying to Process Personal Data (including the legitimate interests) used by the University and any additional Processing that may be for a purpose not originally envisaged and which may not be compatible with the agreed purpose
    • you need to rely on Consent and/or need to obtain Explicit Consent
    • you need to draft Privacy Notices
    • you are unsure about the retention period for the Personal Data being processed (see Section below)
    • you are unsure about what security or other measures you need to implement to protect Personal Data
    • there has been a Personal Data Breach (through the process set out in the Reporting a Breach of Personal Data procedure)
    • you need any help dealing with any rights invoked by a Data Subject
    • whenever you are engaging in a significant new, or change in, Processing activity which is likely to require a DPIA or plan to use Personal Data for purposes other than for which it was collected
    • you plan to undertake any activities involving Automated Processing including Profiling or Automated Decision-Making
    • if you need help complying with applicable law when carrying out direct marketing activities
    • if you need help with any contracts or other areas in relation to sharing Personal Data with third parties (such as overseas partners, agents, and organizations conducting surveys on the University’s behalf).


The University reserve the right to change this policy at any time without notice to you so please check regularly to obtain the latest copy.

The policy will be reviewed annually.