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Department of Education to Revise Data Collection Practices

STUDENT PRIVACY—IRELAND

July 14, 2010

Following warnings from the data protection commissioner that they may breach privacy laws, the Department of Education says it will revise its data collection practices. The department has confirmed it will seek parental consent in the collection of sensitive personal data. Deputy Data Commissioner Gary Davis said this week that parents were often unaware that information given to the schools, which sometimes includes Personal Public Service numbers and medical card status, was forwarded to the department, reports the Irish Times. The department said it has taken the data protection commissioner's concerns seriously and continues to work with the office to meet requirements.
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