Do parents even know their children’s school data has been sold?

I doubt that the majority of parents do know that their children’s school data has been sold on to private industry. As for the alleged consultation with parents mentioned in the government’s official statements, this seems to be another highly selected, stage-managed and very restricted pseudo-consultation with a very narrow group of individuals that New Labour used when they wished to launch policies that were similarly going to be unpopular with the vast majority of the public.

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Fellow blogger and Vox Political reader Owen Boswarva has delivered frightening proof of the way parents have been sidelined by Michael Gove’s Department for Education, in order to sell confidential information about our children to private companies.

Mr Boswarva said he had written a blog post about the issue last year, in which he stated his concern about “the low profile of DfE’s NPD initiative. Most of the consultation responses are from organisations with an interest in re-using the data, leavened by some cautionary advice from civil society groups. There are only a couple of responses from schools and a half-dozen or so responses from individual parents (consistently opposed to the proposals).” [Emphasis mine]

“There appears to have been no concerted effort to bring the consultation or the NPD initiative to the attention of parents or pupils (i.e. the data subjects themselves). This is a quote from one…

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