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The Department of Education and Skills is currently creating an individualised database of primary school students; the Primary Online Database (POD). The POD will gather personal data and sensitive personal data about pupils, such as information about ethnic and cultural background, religion, medical conditions, students with special needs and students’ Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSN). The POD will be shared with other state bodies, including the Central Statistics Office, the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Revenue Commissioners.


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The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an independent European advisory on data protection and privacy, has published a statement in which it welcomes the ruling of the CJEU, of 8 April 2014, which invalidates the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC).  The CJEU found that the Directive entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with