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Cambridge University Could Ditch Class List Tradition

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Cambridge University may have to drop its long-standing tradition of posting students' exam results outside Senate House under new data protection laws.

The 250-year old tradition has been taking place in Cambridge since 1748, but in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect, hardening existing data protection laws.

The GDPR may make it illegal for the university to continue publishing details of its students under its current scheme and the university has confirmed they are considering other options, such as an opt-in arrangement.

A spokesman for the university said: "Under new Data Protection legislation, which is due to come into force in May 2018, greater emphasis is placed on an individual's right to choose how their data is collected and used, and on an organisation's responsibility to reflect this in its policies and procedures.

"The University is currently considering the potential effects of this legislation - including the possibility that the public display of class lists may change to an opt-in system - but not decisions have yet been made."

At the end of last year, university students voted to retain the traditional class lists, with university fellows voting the same way the following month.