Installation of cameras and the transmission/recording of lessons in classrooms
Question for written answer E-003020/2020
to the Commission
Konstantinos Arvanitis (GUE/NGL), Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL), Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL), Elena Kountoura (GUE/NGL)
Law 4686/2020, which was recently adopted by the Hellenic Parliament, provides that - in the event of the total or partial suspension of the operation of educational structures due to extraordinary or unforeseen events of indefinite duration - technological means may be employed to provide distance education to pupils in primary and secondary education.
This provision obviously covers not only ordinary personal data but also special categories of personal data (Article 9 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data), which will unavoidably be disclosed, allowing teachers and pupils to be profiled.
Furthermore, the consent of the data subjects may not be wrung from them or bypassed, as there are no vital security interests at stake, which means that teaching will proceed at two speeds depending on whether this consent has been given.
In view of the above, will the Commission say:
- 1.Is the legislation in accordance with Articles 7 and 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the aforementioned Regulation?
- 2.Are the restrictions on the protection of personal data, due to the recording of lessons, necessary and proportionate to the severity of the risk of the violation of the personality rights and dignity of teachers and pupils, given the fact that alternative possibilities of live education exist?