How to guarantee and regulate the respect of privacy in the school environment? The answer comes from the Guarantor for the protection of personal data who has drawn up a real decalogue containing the rules to ensure respect for privacy in the school environment.
The protection of privacy at school draws, by definition and application, from the Privacy Code (Legislative Decree 196/2003) as well as from the provisions of the Guarantor for the protection of personal data.
Identity, dignity, intimacy, are the basis of the definition of the privacy sphere of everyone, elements that must be protected, especially in the school environment, from an early age.
Through the drafting of a real decalogue, the Guarantor of the protection of personal dataaddressing professors, parents and students, wanted to provide further tools to integrate the existing provisions.
From the information on the methods of processing personal data to diversified and more indicative aspects, it is necessary to know how many and which data are collected, how they are used and for what purpose.
The Decalogue of the Privacy Guarantor
Let us now enter into the heart of the Decalogue wanted by Guarantor of the protection of personal data, starting with the use of devices such as mobile phones, tablets and smartphones, to be considered for personal use only and, always, with respect for people.
This must also be borne in mind in the case of recording the lessons that yes, they can be recorded, but according to precise regulations and shared by the schools, the same ones who can also decide to ban the use of mobile phones during the lesson.
Yes to classroom consultation of electronic material such as specific texts or books, while it is absolutely forbidden to disseminate images and videos online without the consent of the persons concerned. This is a violation which, if committed, can lead to serious penalties and, in the most serious cases, to the consequences of the configuration of a crime.
It does not violate the privacy of the teacher who assigns a theme about your personal sphereprovided that maximum attention is paid in the case of collective reading, in front of the class.
In the case of events inside or outside the institution (performances, essays, trips) care must be taken in the case of photographic and video recordings that must not exceed the use in the family environment. Online publication is permitted only with the consent of the persons concerned.
Let us now turn to the cafeteria service: details will not be disclosed neither about those who are late with the payment of the fee, nor about those who use the service itself. The same goes for the personal communicationswhich must not be present or recognizable in any way on the school website (extended validity in particular when it comes to online registration or exam results).
Theuse of cameras, but the latter must be carefully marked with signs and their operation must not go beyond closing times. All recorded images should be deleted after twenty-four hours.
It is forbidden to send commercial and advertising material by third parties who have come into contact with students’ personal data. Particular attention must be paid to all those questionnaires which involve the use of forms that collect students’ personal information, albeit for research purposes.