Saturday, 6 October 2007
My daughter came home from school the other day with some literature; Layer One of The Fair Processing Notice 2007-08. This document informs parents that the school is also a 'Data Controller', which means that any information the school holds on computer about pupils can be passed on to other agencies for 'Specific purposes allowed by law.' These agencies are DCSF, QCA, LSC, DH, PCT, MIAP, all government B.U.R.E.A.U.C.R.A.C.I.E.S. These are also data controllers, which means that they too can pass on information for specific purposes allowed by law. The Fair Processing Act has been prepared at a time of change in governmental departments, were information will need to be transferred, for specific purposes allowed by law. What the laws and specific purposes are, can be found in Layers Two and Three of the Notice, which are available from the school on request. Layer One also tells me that not only is my daughter a pupil but also a data subject, who at the age of 12 is presumed to be able to understand her rights. But does she understand what all this data is being collected for?, and does she understand that it will all be there for access by government bodies for any specific purpose allowed by law, and that this and proposed ideas for a national DNA data base would be a powerful weapon for any future government of the state to use against the people. If as a parent of a data subject I have objections to sharing of information I need to let the data controller know in writing by Nov 1st.