The countdown to GDPR compliance: children and consent

The countdown to GDPR compliance: children and consent In preparation for The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) there  must be an active UK decision about how younger children will prove they have parental permission to access ‘Information Society Services’. It’s to enable parental consent to their child’s data collection by the service. Whether that will end at 13, 16 or somewhere in between remains undecided. The UK Digital Strategy commits…

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Five questions for schools before your school census 2017 submission

Schools may be at risk of legal challenge after the national school census 2016-17 collection of nationality data. To check if yours could be, start by asking the following questions. Has your school collected children’s country of birth, nationality, or first language data and not given parents, guardians and pupils an informed right to refuse? Did your school collect children’s country of birth or nationality data and say it was…

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In 2017 what’s next for us in pupil data privacy in England?

We are delighted to kick off 2017 by participating in the Against Borders for Children event on January 14, talking about the census in context, where it fails children’s privacy, what better data collection would look like, and a workshop on what you can do about it. Sign up for the free event at EventBrite including panel talks, time for questions and answers, workshops to get organised and tools for…

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2016 in review. What’s happened in pupil data privacy in England?

2016 was the year that every child’s Internet use has come under mandatory surveillance and recording, opening a slippery can of worms, risking a spiral of silence, with teachers turned into “frontline stormtroopers” shutting down debate. Safeguarding and well-being conflated with the Prevent agenda. All thanks to statutory guidance “New measures to keep children safe online at school and at home” that took effect from September 2016. Some schools stretch…

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Children’s nationality data from new school census was planned for the Home Office

On the day of the autumn school census collection, October 6th 2016, children’s newly collected nationality data had been intended for giving to the Home Office, a Schools Week FOI and the MOU reveal, contrary to what has been said, before being changed on the 7th. The question remains open: Is the new census data, including nationality, used within the DfE to deliver the named details to the HO with…

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A foreign office apology, Home Office secret use, forced ethnic labels: The school census 2016

The purpose behind collecting country-of-birth and nationality data in the school census has been blown out of the water. The ethnicity data collection has caused discrimination and flawed ascription. The language codes have been the subject of a Foreign Office apology and reported offer to delete data already assigned. How long can the school census expansion retain any integrity? Country-of-birth and Nationality Letters leaked to the BBC last week, revealed…

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The Digital Economy Bill and the pupil premium

The well-intentioned call from the NAHT for a new clause 82 to amend the Bill to allow local authorities to share welfare recipients’ sensitive, confidential data (from eligible parents) to auto-enroll children entitled to pupil premium (those eligible to receive free school meals) ignores nuanced discussion and decision-making already had on plans which had already been dropped from the open policy making process between 2014-16 in the Bill preparation. The…

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Government withdraws plan to collect Early Years nationality pupil data

We welcome the news that the Department for Education (DfE) has dropped plans to collect country-of-birth and nationality data from children aged 2-5 in the Early Years, and Alternative Provision, scheduled for January 19. For the majority of children aged 5-19 the changes launched in the 2016-17 School Census continue. With only a few weeks to go before the Spring collection date, we are asking the government how they will avoid…

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Timeline: the school census national pupil data expansion 2016-17

2015 August 2015: Nicky Morgan announces a review of the impact of immigration on education or ‘education tourism’. Concerns in some quarters that this is a reworking of 2013 plans to ‘crackdown’ on migrant families. Nov-December 2015: The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board signs off the change for country-of-birth and nationality. The purpose and reason given is: “Whilst the department collects limited information on children who have moved into the English…

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Urgent call to action: the Government must answer questions on collecting country of birth

URGENT: If you act now, Government will have to answer questions on collecting country of birth on your children and their friends. This Monday, the 31st October, the House of Lords will discuss the collection of country of birth from children in schools. Contact a member of the House of Lords, and tell them why this is important to you and your family. Our children’s records must only be used…

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