Listening Devices and Surveillance: The Fine Line Between Student Safety and Teacher Privacy

A recent case in the United States of a mother secretly recording her child’s teacher through a tape recorder on the child’s backpack raises questions of how similar listening devices would be governed under surveillance laws in Australia. To provide a safe and secure environment for students, it may be necessary at times to record conversations, however it is essential that schools understand the compliance and privacy obligations associated with this risk.

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Human Resources Firm Security Incident Exposes Data From Coles, Telstra, CBA and More: Is Your School at Risk of a Data Breach?

It has been just under four months since the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme. With the release of the first quarterly report on data breach notifications, and another high-profile security incident being disclosed by an HR company, it is a good time for schools to reassess their privacy and cyber security framework to determine whether they are doing enough to secure the privacy of students, staff and others.

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Effective Permission Slips: Part Two

Every school probably has a room somewhere where boxes of permission slips are stored. Mostly the slips contain the signature of a parent agreeing to allow the child to attend an excursion or activity. Unfortunately in most instances the box probably doesn’t contain the information that was on the rest of the note that went home which set out what the activity was and what the parent had agreed to.

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Effective Permission Slips: Part One

Every school probably has a room somewhere where boxes of permission slips are stored. Mostly the slips contain the signature of a parent agreeing to allow the child to attend an excursion or activity. Unfortunately in most instances the box probably doesn’t contain the information that was on the rest of the note that went home which set out what the activity was and what the parent had agreed to.

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Drone Laws Under CASA’s Microscope: Will Schools Be Affected?

Drones have endless uses in classroom learning and as part of extra-curricular activities, but present a significant compliance problem due to the various laws they interact with. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has released a report into its review of drone operation and aviation safety, which will likely cause further regulations in this area. Schools will need to be aware of the changes ahead regarding drone compliance.

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Student Consent: Part 2 – Permission Forms, Medical Treatment and Privacy: What can students agree to?

Informed consent is a core component of the school experience, and schools need to have a strong understanding of consent laws and students in order to consider whether students have the capacity to make agreements.

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Notifiable Data Breach Scheme: One Month, 31 Reports and One Facebook Scandal Later

Since the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme has been in effect, there have been 31 data breach notices filed. The ongoing Facebook personal information issue also brings into sharp focus the privacy obligations of all non-government schools who are governed by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

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Mandatory Notifiable Data Breaches take effect 22 Feb: Are you prepared?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the privacy obligations of all non-government schools who are governed by the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Personal Information and […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 2 – Teacher Obligations with Child Protection

This is the second article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection and how schools can gain a […]

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