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Education Department Will Track Children

STUDENT PRIVACY—SOUTH AUSTRALIA

June 11, 2010

The Education Department will soon be tracking every child in South Australia from birth through the age of eight, Adelaide Now reports. The department will use a data-sharing system aimed at identifying children in need in order to help improve their development by gathering information on birth statistics, emergency department records, school census data and dental and child health records to compare the effects of characteristics such as low birth weight, having a disability or growing up in a single-parent household. While the move is raising questions about privacy, Education Minister Jay Weatherill said the collection will remain anonymous and that key safeguards have been put in place. Only public policy makers and researchers will have access to the data, the report states.
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