In Term 1, 2015, ERO evaluated how well 200 early childhood services managed their responsibilities under the Privacy Act 1993. The evaluation looked at what service leaders knew and understood about their responsibilities around the collection, storage, use, sharing and disposal of information about children.

The use of new technology (such as the Early Learning Information system and online learning portfolios) makes it timely to look at how services consider the privacy principles when working with the range of ways information can be collected, stored and shared.

ERO was interested in how services managed privacy with both digital and paper-based information.1, 2, 3