Irish student wins support in legal battle over exam script

Posted in Legal issues on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is facing another possible defeat at Europe’s highest court in an eight-year legal marathon over an exam script. In a referral from the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has been told by its Advocate General that Ireland’s DPC was wrong to say an accountancy trainee had no right to access the script of a failed exam …” (more)

[Derek Scally, Irish Times, 20 July]

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‘Learning analytics’ can help universities improve student engagement and performance but data protection issues must be addressed, say experts

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Universities have an opportunity to use the increasing volume of data at their disposal to improve students’ learning and attainment, as well as the quality of teaching and content provided on their courses, provided they get data protection issues right …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 16 May]

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Cambridge University ‘Class Lists’ Could Be Scrapped Under New Data Protection Laws

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“A 250-year-old Cambridge University tradition of publishing students’ exam results outside the Senate House could be banned under new data protection laws. The legislation, set to come into force in May 2018, is likely to deem the current system of posting ‘class lists’ as illegal …” (more)

[Jasmin Gray, Huffington Post, 16 February]

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Accountancy exam paper dispute referred to EU court

Posted in Legal issues on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine whether a man’s accountancy exam paper counts as personal data …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 April]

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NUIG apologises to staff over data blunder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has apologised to staff whose personal information was wrongly circulated to colleagues.The university has confirmed there was an ‘inadvertent’ breach of data protection …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 1 February]

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NUIG’s data breach denial: Just papering over the cracks?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Jan 19th Connacht Tribune article by reporter Dara Bradley states that NUI Galway denies any breaches of data protection regarding a ‘misogynist’ health questionnaire given to prospective employees. However, the article notes that …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 January]

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Posted in Legal issues on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway insists there were no breaches of data protection of prospective employees who filled out health questionnaires which included questions about menstrual periods. NUIG admits that its ‘misogynist’ health questionnaire, which caused a storm …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 19 January]

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Use of Big Data to predict human behaviour demands regulation, says UCC professor

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on October 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Privacy and data protection legislation worldwide is ill-equipped to deal with the Big Data revolution, according to a University College Cork professor. Professor Maeve McDonagh from UCC’s School of Law and an academic lawyer was speaking at a panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, organised by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and UCC …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 21 October]

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Review of College Disability Service Raises Concerns about Funding Model and Stretched Resources

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Review also warns that legal action could follow if supported infrastructure not consistent across College. A quality review of the College Disability Service (DS) has raised concerns about the service’s funding model, its stretched resources and the implementation of College-wide disability policies, as well as with data protection issues …” (more)

[Paul Glynn, University Times, 12 June]

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Language school apologises as student data found in skip

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An English language school has apologised for ‘an oversight’ after sensitive student data was discarded in a skip bag on the street …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 23 April]

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NUI Galway examining possible data breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) said it was examining a possible ‘data breach’ last week relating to personal information of university staff. The university said it was ‘conscious that there may or may not have been a data breach last week and the matter is currently being looked into’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Data breach from University of Limerick student village

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The bank account details and PPSN numbers of over 350 residents at the University of Limerick’s Kilmurry Student Village were leaked to the public earlier this month …” (more)

[Cillian Walsh, Limerick Leader, 2 March]

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Second survey on children’s ethnicity after ‘White Irish’ error

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Parents are getting a second chance to have their children’s ethnicity recorded in the controversial Primary Online Database (Pod). The move follows an admission by the Department of Education that it erred in only having one category of ‘Irish’ on the original questionnaire, namely ‘White Irish’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 February]

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‘Multi-racial’ oversight on school database questionnaire admitted

Posted in Legal issues on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A planned online database for primary school pupils has run into fresh controversy over the use of a narrower set of ethnic categories than those used in the census. Parents of children born outside of Ireland have complained that the only ‘Irish’ category included on the school questionnaire is ‘White Irish’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Principals’ Conference: Keeping of pupil data policy ‘to be reviewed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan says her department will continually review policy on keeping data on primary pupils, which it intends to hold until they reach the age of 30. The issue has been the subject of criticism in recent weeks, with Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon’s office still in talks with the department …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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Irish researchers to urge EU-wide policy on data at Brussels seminar

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish delegation to call for framework to balance privacy concerns against innovation. Irish data researchers are proposing a European Union ‘magna carta for data’ that would create a new a new policy and legislative framework for data ethics and use across the bloc’s member states …” (more)

[Mic Moroney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Minister for Education: We will forget nothing, learn nothing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children’s lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education’s project to take children’s data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30 …” (more)

[Simon McGarr, Tuppenceworth.ie, 25 January]

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Minister says data watchdog ‘fully satisfied’ with pupil database plan

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commissioner is fully satisfied with plans for a new primary school online database, which requires schools to hand over PPS numbers for all their pupils, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes and Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Parents cannot withhold kids’ PPS numbers

Posted in Legal issues on January 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Parents have been told they will be unable to withhold their children’s PPS numbers from a controversial new Department of Education database as the information will be found from the Department of Social Protection instead …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner, 16 January]

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Union says data collection not the work of teachers

Posted in Legal issues on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Primary school teachers were told by their union last October that collection of personal data belonging to pupils for a new database to be operated by the Department of Education was not work they should be doing …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 9 January]

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