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ICO Says School Board Survey OK

STUDENT PRIVACY

March 11, 2011

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario says an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board survey is "necessary to the proper administration of a lawfully authorized activity," and the board gave parents and students adequate notice, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The OIPC investigated the survey--which asks questions ranging from academic abilities to cultural backgrounds--after receiving complaints about the lack of anonymity and potential use of the information, among others. Board executive officer Michele Giroux said the information will not be accessible by staff members. "We're never using the survey to react to individual student situations; we're collecting the information from individual students so that we understand our student population as a whole."
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