Student and staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning

Jen Persson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Birmingham as part of a batch sent to 60 authorities

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Dear University of Birmingham,

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please can you provide information pertaining to any data analytics software used by the university using personal data about your students and staff, since 2012.

1a). Whether you are using any data analytics software at all:
1b) if so, which ones?
1c) what date this data analytics processing began?
1d) indicate whether in the past and ended, or still in current use

2a). Any predictive analytics software such as used in but not only, Blackboard, Xray and JISC supported Civitas.
2b) if so, which ones?
2c) what date this analytics processing began for predictive purposes?

3. If the answer to Q1a or Q2a is yes, please provide a copy of any contract terms on using the data by the provider company including
a) the data items feedling analytics, any profiling, and/or used in prediction
b) what the prediction purposes / aims are
c) training the software (such as AI and machine learning) by the provider using the data provided via your organisation.

4. Whether the University is using its own student or staff population data for machine learning for purposes not included in 1-3 above? (ie but not only, within the university computing department for any project or with another third-party)

5. From which time periods were the student or staff data collected which are processed in any of the above (ie not only, retrospective student data from the last ten years / only current intake which began in autumn term 2018)?

6. How many people/user accounts have access to the whole population student data in any of the above in this calendar year?

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

Dear University of Birmingham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request a response and if appropriate, internal review of the University of Birmingham's handling of my FOI request 'Student and staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning'.

No response has yet been received regards the FOI sent on November 28, 2018.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

I would be grateful if you can let me know by when a reply may be expected.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

FOI, University of Birmingham

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Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham

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Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Student and
staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning
 
Dear University of Birmingham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.
I am writing to request a response and if appropriate, internal review of
the University of Birmingham's handling of my FOI request 'Student and
staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning'.

No response has yet been received regards the FOI sent on November 28,
2018.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

I would be grateful if you can let me know by when a reply may be
expected.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

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