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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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 1 – Balancing privacy obligations: how schools can ensure that ‘sharing is caring’

This is the first 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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Two major privacy breaches in Victorian schools: PAW messages more relevant than ever

Just two weeks ago School Governance published three articles for Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) on the topic of trust, transparency and data security. Our most read article was New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools? Australian Privacy Principle (APP) 11 (security of information) is the most relevant consideration […]

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

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 Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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‘Care when you share’- parents who post photographs on social media

During Privacy Awareness Week 2017, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is encouraging individuals to care about their privacy and to better inform themselves of what will or what might happen to their personal information before they share it online. There is also a concerted drive to educate adults, particularly parents and guardians, […]

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Can your school be trustworthy while also being transparent?

The theme of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week is ‘Trust and Transparency.’ Timothy Pilgrim, Commissioner of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) stated that trust and transparency “speaks to the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations who handle personal information transparently, and with care, throughout the information life cycle. Privacy is rarely about secrecy, […]

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‘Shellshock’ – a privacy threat for your school?

The Privacy Commissioner recently urged businesses (including non-government schools) and government agencies to protect their IT systems against the Bourne Again Shell (BASH) vulnerability.  All schools, including non-government schools, should be aware of the BASH bug and its potential to threaten the security of the personal information they hold about students and other members of their school […]

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Record keeping in schools: If it’s personal how long should you keep it?

How long should a school store the personal information of its former students? David Griffiths (Managing Director – CompliSpace) Although this is a simple question, a simple answer is not generated. In an era where data is vast, yet can be stored indefinitely, the reach of future inquirers must be considered in formulating a policy […]

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Privacy Commissioner Awards Damages

A recent decision by the Privacy Commissioner to award compensation of $8,500 to a Virgin Australia airline passenger, for damage suffered through the collection and disclosure of his personal medical information by a Virgin sub-contractor, is a timely reminder that privacy law compliance is a hot compliance issue  for Australian non-government schools following the introduction […]

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Finger scanners boost student attendance

Several NSW government high schools have reported a boost in student attendance rates since installing biometric finger scanners, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper reported that the devices, which requires students to swipe their fingers on when they arrive and leave school, activates a text message to parents if their child has not been […]

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