First half term of the 2017-18 school year data report card

In the first half term of the 2017-18 school year there have been a number of policy announcements and pieces of legislation passed that affect children’s data privacy and education workforce data in England and Wales. We continue our work towards safe, fair, and transparent collection and use of national pupil data. What’s New? National Pupil Data: Moving pupil data towards safe, fair, and transparent use The Department for Education contract…

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Message for Autumn school census on October 5, 2017

Dear Head, Dear School Census Administrator, Dear Teachers this Thursday 5 October is the autumn 2017-18 school census on-roll day. We hope that you will object to all use of pupil data in immigration enforcement and take action to safeguard your children from the unknown uses of the new data collected originally intended for Home Office purposes: nationality country of birth These data are optional and are NOT used for…

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What will GDPR Privacy by Default and Design mean for national pupil data?

When parents give their children’s information to school, do they expect it could be passed on to commercial companies? Or to journalists? Or charities? Or used against them by UK immigration and visas or Border Force Casework Removals? No. The truth about all these uses of our children’s personal data by third parties, is that each is an invasion of privacy. The commercial uses began after the law was changed…

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Annual grant received from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.

We are delighted to announce defenddigitalme has been awarded a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd makes grants for political, campaigning, or lobbying purposes that are ineligible for charitable funding. [1] “Recognising the equal worth of every person, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd stands for the defence of liberty, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom from all forms of…

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Back to School: #Boycott School Census Nationality data

Back to School? In the next school census on October 5, 2017, nationality and country of birth are optional. They are not required for funding. They are not required at all. You can reply refused. And you can retract. Ask your school to withdraw data already collected. You can just drop them an email or note, or if you want something more formal, use our template letter. #BoycottSchoolCensus. Download multi-lingual…

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School census changes one year on – when will children be told?

One year ago, on September 1, 2016 a new law came into force, before any possible parliamentary or public scrutiny, that had snuck through in the six-week school summer holidays. The British government then began to collect the nationality data of every school child in England in the school census. What no one was told at that time, was that there was already a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place…

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Comment on Data Protection Bill DCMS Statement of Intent

Parliament may be in six weeks of summer recess, but the DCMS launched a statement of intent today for the Data Protection Bill expected in September. What will it mean for children’s data privacy and data protection? Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital said: “Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who…

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The making of a very bad law: school census nationality data one year on

One year ago on July 27, 2016, the law was laid, that snuck through in the six-week school summer holidays. It took effect on September 1, 2016  before any possible parliamentary or public scrutiny. The British government then began to collect the nationality data of every school child in England. What followed, was a struggle to find out the truth behind what the public and teachers were told, and turned out…

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Department for Education works on privacy API for National Pupil Database

UK Authority reported today, based on a procurement notice, that The Department for Education (DfE) is aiming to develop a privacy controlling API for access to its National Pupil Database (NPD) in England. It says that the project is, “an early step in a broader programme to maximise the benefits of its data by providing fast and secure access to users who can create value,” and that its, “potential benefit…

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Queen’s speech: safeguarding children, data, and digital rights

The Queen’s Speech promises new laws to ensure that, “the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data”. And a new digital charter to make the UK the safest place to be online for children. The briefing background suggests the government intends to tackle new challenges and threats – ‘to our security, privacy, emotional wellbeing, mental health and the safety of our children’. They commit to  ‘respond to these…

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