Student Survey Draws Concern
STUDENT PRIVACYNovember 5, 2010
The Ottawa public school board will later this month conduct a voluntary survey that has raised privacy concerns due to the "deeply personal" data students will be asked to provide, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The survey is modeled on one conducted in Toronto a few years ago and aims to help school administrators learn more about students in order to better tailor student services and education. Ottawa school board chair Cathy Curry told the Citizen that the board gave substantial consideration to the privacy implications to ensure survey questions comply with the province's freedom of information and education acts and human rights code.