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NOTICE of PRIVACY BREACH

August 05, 2020

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NOTICE OF PRIVACY BREACH

Please be advised that the Saskatchewan Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released an Investigation Report regarding a privacy breach that occurred in June 2019 in school divisions across the province when the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) commissioned a survey asking for student information from teachers.  The full report is available at:  https://oipc.sk.ca/assets/lafoip-investigation-211-2019-215-to-241-2019.pdf

The Survey

The STF contracted with a private company called Praxis Analytics to do an online survey of the 900 teachers in the province to obtain information related to class load and composition.  Teachers were contacted directly and, as part of the survey, were asked to provide personal information of students such assessments of work habits, academic performance and social wellbeing (details of questions asked can be found in the IPC Report).

Upon learning of the survey, Saskatchewan school divisions instructed their teachers not to complete the online survey because it requested students' personal information.

Soon after, the STF and Praxis Analytics disabled the online survey and Praxis Analytics destroyed all the data that had been collected.

The NESD did not have any known cases of teachers completing the survey.

Future Commitments from the NESD

The NESD will be following the recommendations of the Investigation Report and taking steps to increase the privacy training we provide for all staff to ensure they understand how personal information of students must be handled and require staff to annually sign off confirming their review and understanding of NESD policies and procedures relating to privacy,

If you have any questions regarding the IPC Report or would like further information regarding this incident, please contact Heather Shwetz at 306-752-1204.  You have the right to raise a complaint to the IPC by email at webmaster@oipc.sk.ca or by telephoning its general line at 306-787-8350 or 1-877-748-2298.