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After OIPC Approval, Survey Has Begun

STUDENT PRIVACY

April 22, 2011

Following the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (OIPC) decision last month on an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board survey, the Ottawa Citizen reports on the survey's launch this week, continuing through May 20. The survey, which includes questions on such topics as home life, religious beliefs and sexual orientation, raised concerns about student privacy. Students may choose to skip questions on the survey, which is confidential but not anonymous, the report states. The OIPC released a report in March stating that although the survey does request personal information, the collection is permissible because it is "necessary to the proper administration of a lawfully authorized activity."
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