UK Government’s Department For Education Broke GDPR Data Protection Laws

The UK’s Department for Eduction (DfE) breaches GDPR in the way it handles pupil data, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found.

The ICO first began probing the DfE last year after it became the subject of numerous complaints. Human rights groups Liberty and DefendDigitalMe raised complaints about the department for failing to allow parents to see their child’s record in the National Pupil Data, its refusal to correct inaccurate date, and for “secretly” sharing information belonging to minors with the UK Home Office.

At the time, the ICO said: “DFE is failing to comply fully with its data protection obligations, primarily in the areas of transparency and accountability, where there are far-reaching issues, impacting a huge number of individuals in

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DepEd boosts Child Protection Policy for online learning

Recognizing the risks and dangers children face as the education system shifts into distance learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday announced that a supplemental policy will be issued to strengthen its Child Protection Policy (CPP).


During the virtual “Handang Isip, Handa Bukas” press briefing, DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribojoc outlined the initiatives of the department to ensure the protection of children against all forms of abuses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every child, no matter how young or small, is not half a person, but a whole person with dignity and rights,” Maribojoc said. “The child is at the center of all that we do in DepEd,” she added.

As cited in the CPP or the DepEd Order No. 40, Series of 2012, Maribojoc reiterated DepEd’s “zero tolerance policy against all forms of violence and abuse upon learners.”

However, with the implementation

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