‘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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Minister for Education willing to examine 30-year retention of pupil data

Posted in Legal issues on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she is willing to look again at the proposed retention of personal information on primary school pupils, including their PPS numbers, ethnicity and religion, for a new primary school online database …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Primary school database can keep personal information for 30 years

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Department says tool will be ‘valuable resource’ to monitor students’ progess. A new database of primary school students will gather personal information, including PPS numbers, information on ethnic and cultural background and religion. Some details will be kept for up to 30 years, it has emerged …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 7 January]

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University Considers Monitoring Students’ Emails For ‘Negative Comments’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2013 by steve

“Universities are considering monitoring students’ private emails for ‘negative comments’ to judge if they are at risk of quitting, it has been revealed …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 6 August]

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If It Wasn’t the Pregnancy Tests, Why Did Baby Catalogs Start Arriving at Our House?

Posted in Life on April 19th, 2013 by steve

“The surprising story of how our data got us made as parents, before we’d actually told anyone we were going to be parents. The first one slid through the mail slot and onto the floor. My wife brought it into the kitchen and tossed it down on the table. ‘We’ve been made’, she said …” (more)

[Alexis C Madrigal, The Atlantic, 18 April]

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Protecting privacy online: The price of reputation

Posted in Legal issues on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Embarrassing pictures on Facebook show you dancing the hula naked at a frat party. A convicted bank robber in Texas has the same name as you — as every Google search makes all too clear. Such embarrassments would surely never befall you, dear reader …” (more)

[The Economist, 21 February]

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Providers of Free MOOCs Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2012 by steve

“Providers of free online courses are officially in the headhunting business, bringing in revenue by selling to employers information about high-performing students who might be a good fit for open jobs …” (more)

[Jeffrey Younge, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 December]

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Cameras in Residence

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2012 by steve

“A recent development in UCD’s license to reside has been the introduction of point 23 which states that residential assistants can now bring cameras into residences. This first became an issue last year when security guards started to use cameras in houses …” (more)

[Rachel Carey, College Tribune, 12 September]

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Three years later, deleting your photos on Facebook now actually works

Posted in Legal issues on August 16th, 2012 by steve

“It has been more than three years since Ars first started covering Facebook’s inability to remove ‘deleted’ photos from its servers, but this particular saga appears to be coming to an end …” (more)

[Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica, 16 August]

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Google fined ‘over privacy breach’

Posted in Legal issues on July 10th, 2012 by steve

“Google has agreed to pay a $US22.5m (£14.5m) fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking the online activities of millions of people who use Apple’s Safari web browser …” (more)

[Independent, 10 July]

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Facebook May Be Used to Determine Credit Scores in the Future

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2012 by steve

“A plan to study data mining of social networking sites bankrolled by Germany’s largest credit reporting agency provoked outrage after internal documents about the project were leaked to German media outlets …” (more)

[Martha C White, Time, 14 June]

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CISPA is a threat to the world

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“The United States Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed in the US House of Representatives despite vocal online opposition, and the surprising threat of veto from the White House. HR 3523 drew criticism because it is purported to be a threat to privacy as it encourages Internet services to share user information with government agencies …” (more)

[TechnoLlama, 28 April]

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Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords

Posted in Legal issues on March 20th, 2012 by steve

“When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password …” (more)

[Manuel Valdes and Shannon McFarland, Boston Globe, 20 March]

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Google’s privacy changes – should you be worried?

Posted in Legal issues on March 2nd, 2012 by steve

“The changes to Google’s privacy policies – effectively whittling 70+ down to one cohesive policy – has certainly caused a furor that I’m sure the search giant had been expecting. But should ordinary folk be so duly concerned as to delete their accounts? …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 2 March]

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