Miriam Dalli reports on a new standard for student privacy in Malta:
A new legal notice on the collection of student data has introduced important safeguards on how the data collected is to be utilised, addressing concerns raised by education professionals and parents on the rights of students, and minimising risks of the data being collected abusively.
Legal Notice 76 of 2014 sparked uproar by granting the Education Minister direct access to student data, a point that has now been addressed through the new legal notice.
The new legal notice now regulates the processing of personal data by education authorities and educational institutions for statistics and research purposes: for statistical purposes, identifiable data must be made anonymous; where the research purpose requires a follow-up action with the students, this would be carried out through pseudonymous data. In other words, only those students who need to be targeted will be identified.
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