Anti-containment groups sharing database of school principals’ contact details
ANTI-LOCKDOWN GROUPS share a large database with information on the principals of nearly every elementary school in the country, urging people to contact them to survey their views on vaccinations and mask wearing.
The list contains the names of over 3,100 primary school principals across Ireland, which represents the vast majority of primary schools in the country. It lists the phone numbers, addresses, email codes and email addresses of schools as well as the local authority where the school is located.
There are also cell phone numbers given for dozens of principals on the list.
The database is shared in anti-lockdown groups on the Telegram messaging app, where people are encouraged to call directors to get their take on Covid measures like children’s masks and vaccines.
On Telegram, the database is presented as a ‘leaked’ document containing ‘the name, email address, phone number of every Irish primary school principal, etc.
However, the document is not disclosed, the Ministry of Education publishes an updated version of the list on its website each year for public information.
The list is shared in posts with coronavirus conspiracy theories, and Telegram users are also directed to a website for instructions on how to use it. The website then invites them to join a Whatsapp group.
“Please share this message far and wide. We are hacktivists and we will not stop. Love everyone, ”reads one of the posts promoting the database.
Senator John McGahon said Telegram’s activity around the list was “grim” and an example of “clear intimidation”.
As if teaching during a pandemic weren’t difficult enough, they now have to put up with these ‘online activists’, who have all their time and clearly nothing better to do with the time, compiling lists of people from all over the world. details to target school principals and their schools. This is totally and totally false and must be denounced, “said the senator from Fine Gael.
Anti-vaccine and anti-containment groups should be called. Instead of placing their faith in science, experts, and empirical data, they choose wacky conspiracy theories that they read on the internet.
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A spokesperson for the Data Protection Commissioner said any organization creating such a database is required to comply with data protection law.
The Commissioner urges anyone affected by the case to get in touch and provide further information.
The newspaper contacted the Department of Education for comment.