In this first episode of Adventures in Information, I talk to Simon McGarr, a solicitor and part-time data activist about a new government mega-database that received surprisingly little attention – from those that created it, and from almost everyone else.
This is about freedom of information, but also children, education, database creation, data protection and even child abuse claims.
You might be surprised to learn what information about our children the Department of Education wants to keep, how long it wants to keep it for and, maybe, why.
See below for links to things discussed in the podcast, and please leave any thoughts, questions or further links you might have in the comments.
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- Simon’s posts about POD at the Tuppenceworth blog. Start with this one.
- Simon on Morning Ireland discussing POD.
- Minister for Education willing to examine 30-year retention of pupil data, The Irish Times (08.01.15).
- Department of Education POD page.
- Note on the ECtHR decision in O’Keefe v. Ireland from the Human Rights in Ireland blog.
- Children’s data to be kept for shorter period after climbdown, The Irish Times (27.03.15).
- Data Protection Commissioner defends action on database, The Irish Times (24.06.15).
- Decision of the Information Commissioner in Mr G (that’s Simon) and Department of Education.
- A note on the ECJ decision in Akzo Nobel about legal professional privilege.
- ECJ judgement in Bara.
- The blog of Simon’s firm at McGarr Solicitors.
- Simon on Twitter.
3 thoughts on “Episode 1: The POD”
Fascinating discussion on a topic I knew absolutely nothing about. It was good to hear two sound legal minds in conversation. Keep it up Ted Dwyer
Good work Rossa and Simon. I am one of those parents who just completed the form without thinking about it. There’s a lot of paperwork to deal with when they start school! Interesting to hear whats going on in the backgroound of these things. Looking forward to the next one.
[…] Episode 1 is now available – I talk to Simon McGarr about the Department of Education’s primary online database and how all is not as it may seem. […]