Under the new rules universities are expected to monitor whether overseas students really attend their courses.
The Home Office said such things were part of their normal duty of care.
Indeed and undoubtedly. In fact:
Educational institutions have a duty of care to all their students and checking that they are attending and making progress in their studies is part of that responsibility.
The records we expect education providers to keep are those which most will keep for their own purposes anyway.
Which is exactly why the Data Protection Act 1998 states (Schedule 1, s2):
Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
So uni's can check whether you are attending lectures for the purposes of laughing at you when you fail your exams. I'll even allow them using the attendance register to check on people who are claiming grants, student allowances or loans.
So would you just fuck off and watch your boss's hubby's p0rn collection, you bunch of fascist cunts.