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

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

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Dear University of Exeter,

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

Data Protection & Freedom of Information, University of Exeter

1 Atodiad

Dear Jen,

 

Thank you for your request under the information Act of 2000. Your
reference number is FOI18-443

 

We will consider your request and respond in due course.

 

The data you provide to allow us to process your request is collected so
that you are able to exercise your lawful rights under the Freedom of
Information Act. Your personal data will be held by the Information
Governance Office and shared with relevant staff as necessary.

 

Once a request has been completed, the relevant data will be held by the
Information Governance Office for three years in line with ICO guidance,
this is to ensure the University has fully carried out its requirements
under the legislation.

 

For further information on how we process your personal data, please see:
[1]http://www.exeter.ac.uk/dataprotection/

 

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Regards,

Information Governance Support
Tel 01392 726841

University of Exeter
[2]www.exeter.ac.uk
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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Data Protection & Freedom of Information, University of Exeter

2 Atodiad

Dear Jen,

 

Please find the University's response to you Freedom of Information
Request attached.

 

Kind regards,

Information Governance Support
Tel 01392 726841

University of Exeter
[1]www.exeter.ac.uk
Lafrowda House, St. German’s Road, Exeter, EX4 6TL

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Data Protection & Freedom of Information, University of Exeter

2 Atodiad

Dear Jen

 

Please find the University's response to you Freedom of Information
Request attached.

 

Kind regards,

Information Governance Support
Tel 01392 726841

University of Exeter
[1]www.exeter.ac.uk
Lafrowda House, St. German’s Road, Exeter, EX4 6TL

This email and any attachment may contain information that is
confidential, privileged, or subject to copyright, and which may be exempt
from disclosure under applicable legislation. It is intended for the
addressee only. If you received this message in error, please let me know
and delete the email and any attachments immediately. The University will
not accept responsibility for the accuracy/completeness of this email and
its attachments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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