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Does my child's Primary school have the right to release

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Does my child's Primary school have the right to release personal information to a 3rd party corporate company without parental permission? And is an "Independent Investigation" truly independent when only both parties haven't been consulted?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Law
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
This relates to my child's Primary School admitting my child was being systematically bullied over a 12 month period. We received documentation and verbal confirmation from the head teacher, confirming the bullying and the schools failure to follow correct procedure, which 3 months later (today) has now been retracted, due to the 2 x bullies parents and school governors involving an independent corporate company to 'investigate". We did not give our permission for any of our daughters details to be passed to this company. We were contacted by the independent company but were on holiday at the time so did not respond, and are now presented with a "fait acccompli". The letter states that our child was not bullied, and that the school adhered to the anti bullying policies. The 2 alleged bullies have since left the school and now attend a different primary school.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 1 month ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Could you please explain your situation a little more?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
What additional information do you need? A complete background?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 1 month ago.

What is it you want to achieve?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I want to understand the UK Law in relation to schools releasing information without parental permission. I also want to understand how an independent investigation can be independent when only one of the party was consulted.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 1 month ago.

All information is stored under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Therefore all data must be secure and safe. They need permission of the parents before releasing any data to third parties. Either in terms of asking or in any terms of contract.

If they did not get permission then there is a breach of the DPA.Therefore you can complain to the Information commissioner who can investigate and prosecute where necessary.

They offer a free, independent service at: www.ico.org.uk

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
this wouldn't be covered by RIPA 2000?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 1 month ago.

Data Protection Act breach. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is intended for other matters.

Does that clarify?

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