Was the teacher ‘allowed to take a photo of us’

I caught 5 students wagging school at Reading Cinema complex. I took a photo and sent it to the appropriate Dean. One interesting question that a student asked was  ‘Is the teacher allowed to take a photo of us?”
Great question! Given that it was a relatively public place (I think), the picture was taken for the purposes of education in my role as teacher, and it was not published publically… I suspect no problem.
Interesting that a “point of law” was raised as a defense for blatant truancy. I might ask the Privacy Commissioners Office – just out of interest!
Bottom line – you got taught – tough – take the consequences. For goodness sake… if you are going to wag school do it discretely.
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