Three Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, dated 24 and 26 November, have been lodged with the Department for Education (DfE) via What Do They Know.com. They ask the DfE, and Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, in particular, how the DfE discovered teachers’ private email addresses. The teachers had received emails from the DfE despite having never knowingly given their email addresses to the Department. Two of the teachers said they had been contacted about teachers’ pensions.
This raises questions about the Data Protection Act and about teachers’ privacy. Could the DfE, or whoever gave the information to the DfE, be in breach of the law?
At the time of writing the DfE had not acknowledged these FoI requests. The requests, and any subsequent replies by the DfE, can be found on What Do They Know.com.