Dear School Trip Leader

When I tell you not to copy photos of children from the residential trip onto your personal laptop, it’s not just because there is a school policy forbidding it.

It’s not just to protect you from unwarranted accusations of impropriety regarding the photos of children you are storing.

And it’s not just because it’s a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

It’s also because your personal computer is a MacBook, and every time I have to spend an hour unpicking the vague error messages that iPhoto spits out when trying to export those photos, it makes me want to smash that MacBook over your head repeatedly.

Love and kisses,
AngryTechnician

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

7 responses to “Dear School Trip Leader”

  1. Saajan says :

    Amen !!

  2. ScottishTech says :

    Wait – what? You’re looking at his/her personal laptop?
    Yeah, sure, I’ll do that. Here’s my homer rates.

  3. Big Brother says :

    >>And it’s not just because it’s a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

    Says who?

    • The Angry Technician says :

      It’s all about permission. Photographs count as personal information under the Act. The parents give the school permission to store and use photos of their children for various things, but storing them unencrypted on a personal device is not covered by that permission. This is no different to the numerous DP breaches involving unencrypted laptops that various councils and NHS trusts have been fined for in the last few years.

  4. Rob Welsh says :

    Why not simply create a policy to set a restriction on which apps can be used to store and edit photos. If you use something like Google Apps then there’s no issue with local storage. Anyone with a smartphone can take photos and upload them directly to Drive. That’s how we do it.

    • The Angry Technician says :

      What kind of policy are you referring to? A technical policy can’t be enforced on a personal device, and we already have a written policy forbidding the exact behaviour described above – they simply ignored it.