General Chat Thread, Staff Names on website - permission required? in General; Had a query from a member of staff who does not want their name on the school website.
Website isn't ...
22nd November 2012, 04:32 PM #1
Staff Names on website - permission required?
Had a query from a member of staff who does not want their name on the school website.
Website isn't mentioned on the privacy notice, but staff are aware that staff details go to the LEA and DfE and are probably easily accessible via an FOI request.
Do we need an opt in/out for displaying staff names on our website? Does anyone doe this?
22nd November 2012, 04:53 PM #2
It's a very sticky one this and the member of staff is perfectly within their rights to not want their name on the school website.
I have recently been dealing with something where a person was going through a very difficult divorce and, for the sake of their children, wanted to keep their internet profile as low as possible in order to ensure that the family could not be tracked by a violent former partner.
You cannot know the private lives of all the staff in the school and the school should not assume that it is OK to put staff names in a public place. Yes, a FoI request could get this information, but it has to be specifically asked for.... it's not available to anyone who happens to have google.
The school should ask permission, in my view, and they should accept it when a member of staff declines. There is no requirement to list every member of staff on the website.
22nd November 2012, 05:01 PM #3
We accept requests like that regardless. I was just wondering whether other schools who've come up against this put an official policy in place.
I was going to whack a clause in the AUP and remind termly that it's opt out and if anyone does not want their name on the website to let me know.
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