The misbegotten Primary Online Database project is on its third piece of legislation designed to try to make it legal. On the 21st July, The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton signed a Ministerial Order seeking to try to provide a legislative basis for the transfer of children’s data from schools to the Department of Education. You can take a look at SI 317 of 2015 here.
Department of Education refuses FOI regarding database of children because it would reveal their position
Rather missing the point of an FOI Act, the Department of Education has refused to release documents relating to the Primary Online Database- which the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office has confirmed is operating without proper legal basis.
The Data Protection Commissioner's Office today confirmed that, having investigated the Primary Online Database, they found that parental concerns raised were valid and that, even following changes to the scheme in April, the POD would require further legislation to be lawful.
Tweeter @johnhamill151 FOI'd his children's data from POD and yesterday published what he got back. To his surprise, he discovered the Department was storing data in POD on his kids which was completely unrelated to their primary school education and data of a sort he had never been aware would be collected or stored.
Dept of Education abandon March deadline for POD, confirm both new Circular and revised data use statement needed first
The text of the latest statement from the Department of Education to Primary Schools:Dear Principal,Thank you for your continued participation and engagement in the POD project. As you know both schools and the Department have received a number of comments and queries on certain aspects of the operation of POD.
Text of today's message:Dear Principal,Thank you all for your continued participation and engagement in the POD project. Please note that the Department is committed to taking on board feedback from schools and parents about POD. In light of this please be aware of the following changes that will be released on POD on 4th March 2015 at 10.
2nd March 2015 Mr Simon McGarr Re: FOI request 2015/45 I refer to the request which you made under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 for records held by this body: ‘I wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Acts (as amended) for copies of any and all documents including but not limited to observations, letters, emails and/or submissions whether held in paper, electronic or ..
Please join [countentries formid=1] other parents and families in writing to the Minister for Education to protect every school-aged child's right to privacy and future identity security. Tell Minister O’Sullivan that the Department of Education's plans for the new Primary Online Database (POD) should be scrapped.
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. Here's the post setting out the inital issues I had with the plan.