Jun 21st 2017

Scottish Government’s “totalitarian” Named Person Scheme “dead in the water” – will this be a wakeup call for the UK Government’s Data Sharing plan?

Last summer the No to Named Person campaign, which Big Brother Watch are supporters of, had a huge win in the Supreme Court against the Scottish Government’s Named Person Scheme.  You can read our blog about it here. The success of that case led yesterday to the Scottish Government undertaking an almost total climb down […]

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Mar 21st 2017

Lords Committee recommend greater privacy safeguards for children

In a wide ranging report on the online experience of young people the House of Lords’ Communications Committee has raised concern about the privacy of children. Alongside other proposals, the report puts forward a number of common-sense recommendations about how the data of young people can be protected online. The Committee calls on organisations that […]

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Feb 4th 2017

Yet More Surveillance in the Classroom

First it was police officers, then it was council officials and now it seems schools are beginning to issue teachers with body worn cameras. Two UK schools have reportedly begun using the technology to gather evidence of serious misbehaviour or to capture “moments worth sharing”. Already many schools have introduced CCTV cameras, biometric systems and […]

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Jan 5th 2017

More Good Ideas about Protecting Personal Data Online

Growing Up Digital, a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, considers the issues young people face online and how to tackle them via a number of great recommendations. The key point picked up by the press is the need to simplify the hugely complex terms and conditions policies which children have to sign-up […]

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Jun 3rd 2013

Kids and the cloud – who is protecting their privacy?

New research for the Ponemon Institute for SafeGov.org highlights some critical issues in the increasing use of cloud-based services to store and process the confidential personal information of people using public services. On the one hand, schools are not immune from the need to modernise how they operate and reduce costs. According to the research, […]

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