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  • As schools begin videoing pupils do you know how your children's data in school is handled?
    School records for every named pupil aged 2-19, are uploaded to a national pupil database (NPD) at the Department for Education (DfE) every term, from where it is shared with companies and organisations including journalists, for a range of purposes none of which are to do with your child’s schooling. In September 2016, the DfE started to collect nationality data with the intention of sharing it with the Home Office Immigration Enforcement, Removals Casework team.

    Together with the support of over 20 organisations, including Open Rights Group, we stopped this immediate threat in a first campaign success, and the new data will now be stored in a separate database and unlike the rest of the NPD, the data will not be released to commercial businesses and journalists. The government has u-turned on the data collection for 2-5 year olds from nurseries and pre-schools. Information about the monthly u...

  • You seal your letters but send your mails unencrypted? You want to protect your privacy online but don't know how to do it? Come along to learn how to protect your communications and content over the Internet.

    CryptoParty is free, public and fun ! Everyone can learn - the only thing you need is a laptop or smartphone!

    CryptoParty Manchester is organised by Manchester Libraries and Open Rights Group Manchester as part of their 'Get Data Smart and Online Privacy' day.

    We'd like you to register on so we have an idea of numbers. If you would prefer to say you are attending via email rather than on the web, you can use drop manchester -at- openrightsgroup -dot- org