The UK Department for Education (DfE) has been monitoring and keeping files on the social media activity of some of the country's leading educational experts, according to the Observer. At least nine experts have discovered files held on them, with some as long as 60 pages. One individual even found that the department had compiled an Excel spreadsheet detailing who she interacted with. Officials at the DfE also attempted to cancel a conference because two of the scheduled speakers had previously criticised government policy. The event was allowed to go ahead after the speakers threatened DfE with legal action.
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