In the spring of 2018 the NEU and other stakeholders successfully persuaded the government to cease its collection of pupil nationality, country of birth and proficiency in English data. But the fight against excessive data collection and unwarranted information sharing is far from over. The DfE and other government departments continue to collect and share huge quantities of data, including children’s data, for purposes which are not always transparent. Liberty is currently conducting research to reveal the scale of data sharing in the UK and to highlight the impact of this on people, particularly the most vulnerable in society. The information gathered will be used to lobby policy makers to support a ‘firewall’ between public services and the Home Office.
If you are interested in taking part in the study visit the Liberty website for more information. Please also share this with parents and pupils who may be interested in taking part.