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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Home Office and Police have accessed data from the National Pupil Database

Schools Minister Nick Gibb wrote in late July in response to a Parliamentary question (42842), the school census expansion purposes are for the Department’s internal use for analytical, statistical and research purposes and to improve the “understanding of the scale and impact of pupil migration on the education sector” and said that there are “currently no plans to share the data with other government departments unless we are legally required to…

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Pupil privacy in schools survey in response to national pupil policies

We are conducting an anonymous survey on schools use of web monitoring and knowledge of the National Pupil Database. If you wish to take part, 5 questions are here. Please contact us if you have any questions on the subjects. Thank you. ******** What is the National Pupil Database (NPD)? The total of individual pupils named in the NPD at 28/12/2015 was nearly 20 million, at 19,807,973. No data have been…

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