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GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and refers to the European Union regulation for data protection for all individuals within the European Union. The regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)2 becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018 and replaces the data protection directive (officially Directive 95/46/EC)3 from 1995.

Who does it affect?

Any individual or organisation that stores or processes personal information on an identifiable person from an EU member state (regardless if the processing or storage of information occurs in the EU or not). It also applies if the individual or organisation themselves is located in an EU member state.

What kind of information comprises personal data in a Moodle site?

It is all information that can be associated with a natural person. Each user account and all the activity associated with that user account is classified as personal information. This also extends to associated information such as web server log files.

How is Moodle HQ assisting with GDPR compliance?

Earlier this year we reached out to the community through our forums and social media to gauge the needs of different organisations on how they would need to comply with GDPR. We received direct input from a number of Moodle institutions, our Moodle Partner network and developers.

We have a plan to meet those needs and are scheduling the development within our Open Source team under the lead of Sander Bangma, our Open Source Development Coordinator. The plan involves the development of a set of features (made available through plugins and some minimal changes to core) which will assist Moodle sites meeting GDPR compliance needs. The features cover the following areas:

  • Onboarding of new users, including; age and location check to identify minors, versioning of privacy policies and the tracking of user consents;
  • Handling of subject access requests and erasure requests, and maintaining a data registry.

Find out more about our plan.

Important note: Installing the developed plugins alone will not be enough to meet the GDPR requirements. Correct configuration and implementation of the required processes and procedures is also required.

We at Moodle HQ highly recommend that you also engage your IT and legal departments on what is required for GDPR compliance.

GDPR plugins

  • Policies plugin - requires Moodle 3.4.2 onwards, and will be included as standard in Moodle 3.5
  • Data privacy plugin - also requires Moodle 3.4.2 onwards, and will be included as standard in Moodle 3.5

GDPR for Moodle administrators

If you are a Moodle system administrator and have a Moodle site older than the 3.3.5 or 3.4.2 version, or have a site that is not affected by GDPR but would still like to do as much as possible towards compliance, we recommend you read our “GDPR for Moodle Administrators” guide.

If you are on Moodle 3.4.2 version and above, please refer to our “GDPR for Moodle Administrators (Moodle 3.4.2+)” guide for information on GDPR functionalities that have been released recently and continuing to develop.

Moodle & GDPR for plugin developers

If you are a plugin developer, we recommend the following actions to assist you in preparing your Moodle plugin for GDPR:

Moodle & GDPR for Educators & Learners

If you are an educator or a learner and would like to find out more about your rights under GDPR and how features in Moodle can assist with protecting your data privacy, we recommend you:

  • Check in with your system administrators for information specific to your institution or organisation;
  • Read more information on GDPR in the “See also” section below.

Latest News & Updates

See also