Dad seeks clarity from data privacy watchdog on international school’s drug-test policy

He wants to know if international schools violate data protection laws with such tests

A parent said that schools which make consent to random drug testing a condition for enjoying their education service are violating the PDPA.
A parent said that schools which make consent to random drug testing a condition for enjoying their education service are violating the PDPA.PHOTO: ST FILE

A test case now before the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) could decide how random drug tests for international school students stand with data protection laws here.

Dutch national Marc van Loo, whose teenage son attends an international school here, is seeking clarity from the commission on whether the school's policy violates the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). Dr van Loo is a permanent resident here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'Dad seeks clarity on school's drug-test policy'. Subscribe