Enrolment - don't out LGBT students to parents via "LGBT survey" mails/callsWatch
At enrolment we had to provide you with our sexual orientation. I hope you don't call us on land-line or mail us (email would be ok) about our experience as LGBT students.
Harvard University outed a gay student to his parents, please don't make the same mistake as them.
Here he talks about his experience:
Don't mail us about our experiences about being an LGBT student unless you have our consent (ask via email). For example if you want us to take part in a survey or what not.
I'm not implying you have ever conducted this way but with Harvard University as one of the best universities in the world doing that mistake, it could be a real possibility you do the same mistake of maybe did in the past.
On your own website, you state that you keep the information about the sexual orientation in your records - with no defined deletion date - which means forever.
Sexuality data -- which you'll give when you apply for most jobs -- is just for stats.
The UK and therefor Cardiff University will not be under GDPR jurisdiction (provided the UK government changes their implemented GDPR law) once Brexit happens. This could be by November, so in two months.
If the OP is concerned about accidental sharing of their info, they should not declare any optional demographic details.
I completely understand your concerns.
The University asks for this information for reporting purposes- it is anonymised and submitted to reporting bodies without any personal information that could be linked back to you.
With regards to GDPR and Brexit: GDPR has been written into UK legislation as the The Data Protection Act 2018. This means that after Brexit, the legislation will still apply. Even in the case of a 'no-deal' Brexit, the government has stressed
“there will be no immediate change in the UK’s own data protection standards. This is because the Data Protection Act 2018 would remain in place and the EU Withdrawal Act would incorporate the GDPR into UK law to sit alongside it”.
I hope this sets your mind at ease, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions or concerns!