#LabelsLastaLifetime: DfE must respect children's data privacy rights

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#LabelsLastaLifetime: DfE must respect children's data privacy rights

by defenddigitalme
defenddigitalme
defenddigitalme is a non-profit, non-partisan parents/teacher campaign standing up for children's data privacy in education. Everyday work is funded by a Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd 2017-18 grant
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"No child or parent should fear that childhood stigma will last a lifetime."

We are challenging the Department for Education’s collection and distribution of very sensitive personal information about children and we need your support to fund our legal challenge.

A new law was passed last September to allow the government to collect confidential data and send it to a national database forever. From there the children’s data are given away, without consent.

"Pregnancy, mental health, young offender. Autism, disability, hearing impairment, and learning difficulties".

These are just some of the new labels that will be added to children’s named records from January 2018. By June, data from the Alternative Provision Census will be added to the National Pupil Database and ready for distribution to third parties.

We want to stop the British government collecting these data without telling the children and parents, and stop the Department for Education giving it away without consent.

Identifying and sensitive data have been given out about individuals to third parties from the national pupil database; over 1,000 times as of May 2017, including for commercial re-use to companies, to charities, and even to TV and press journalists.

No one has told children or parents these information will be sent to the national database, distributed to others, or stored forever.

Since 1996 every child who has been in state school has had their confidential data sent to national pupil records that describe a child's school life; their behaviours, results, absence, exclusion reasons like theft or drug and alcohol related, plus their detailed personal data; date of birth, home addresses, ethnicity and more, including full names since 2002.  

Letters to the Secretary of State for Education under the #LabelsLastaLifetime campaign, calling for change, were signed by over 20 leading child rights advocates, and organisations including The Royal Mencap Society, the Alliance for Inclusive Education, and young offenders mentoring charity Trailblazers. 

With the support of Leigh Day and Louise Price of Doughty Street, we intend to take this challenge to court – and we need your help to fund the legal costs of judicial review.

You can follow updates on our timeline of events.  

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Every child has the human right to education, to privacy, and to have the chance to flourish and reach their full potential. We will only be able to defend our children's freedoms with your help. Please pledge to donate now, and share with friends and family. Thank you.

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