Serious concerns, raised with the Minister for Education, regarding the proposed data retention period for the Primary Online Database (POD) may be allayed by a piece in today’s Irish Examiner.
Parents, data experts and the Data Protection Commisioner alike have all been petitioning Minister O’Sullivan over many issues and worries regarding POD; including the excessive thirty year retention period for student data.
It now looks like the Minister will be announcing that student data will be held until their 19th birthday. After that date, their information will become depersonalised and only used for statistical and analytical purposes (I’d like to see more details on this).
This clearly is a textbook example of citizens using democratic channels (official means like contacting the Data Commisioner’s office and unofficial channels like creating all merry hell on Twitter!) to highlight ill-conceived elements of a government policy (the introduction of POD).