Personal information about South Australia’s reception students has been sent around the country by the Education Department in breach of the state’s privacy principles, a watchdog says.
The department provided the Federal Government with children’s full name, address, school, indigenous status, languages spoken and whether they were repeating a school year, despite the Privacy Committee of SA advising that no identifying data should be collected.
“Despite the committee’s concerns, the personal information was disclosed. The committee considered this a breach of the IPPI (Information Privacy Principles Instruction),” the committee’s annual report states.
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