Data protection, safeguarding and the protection of children's privacy: exploring local authority guidance on parental photography at school events

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Abstract

Should parents be allowed to take photographs at school events? Media reports suggest that increasingly schools are answering no to this question, either prohibiting or imposing stringent restrictions upon such photography. The legal justifications for such restrictions are, however, unclear. Accordingly, in 2013 freedom of information requests were sent to local education authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, the aim being to determine what advice local education authorities provide to schools in relation to parental photography at school events, and to identify how education authorities’ understandings of the law influence the advice they offer. That research reveals that local education authorities’ understandings of the law vary significantly and that where authorities do not fully appreciate the extent of the legal obligations arising this may have significant repercussions for the children concerned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-272
JournalInformation and Communications Technology Law
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2014

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