Apr 262014
 April 26, 2014  Posted by  Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

Olivia Solon reports:

Data relating to every school pupil in England is now available for use by private companies thanks to a change in legislation implemented last year.

The move is part of a wider government initiative to “marketise” data, which includes initiatives such as the much-criticised Care.data and the selling off of taxpayer data by HMRC.

Education Secretary Michael Gove launched a public consultation back in November 2012 on proposal to let the Department for Education share extracts from the National Pupil Database “for a wider range of purposes than currently possible” to “maximise the value of this rich dataset”.

Read more on Wired (UK).

Sadly, they’re as short-sighted and immoral as the U.S., it seems. Wake up over there, folks….

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