Benjamin Herold, Education Week, Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Seeking to help schools and districts better protect students' privacy, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance Tuesday on the proper use, storage, and security of the massive amounts of data being generated by new, online educational resources.The guidelines, produced by the department's privacy technical assistance center, highlight the rapidly evolving, often-murky world of educational technology and student data privacy: "It depends" is the department's short answer to two major questions related to the laws governing the sharing of sensitive student information with third-party vendors.
Kate Tummarello, The Hill, Monday, February 24, 2014
Federal officials are pushing the education tech industry to heighten privacy and security standards for student data. Speaking at a Common Sense event on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that his department would be on Tuesday releasing guidance for companies that contract with schools to handle student data.
Zach Rausnitz, FierceGovernmentIT, Monday, February 24, 2014
A bill in the California State Senate would ban online services for K-12 schools from compiling or sharing students' personal information for commercial purposes, including advertising.
Natasha Singer, The New York Times, Thursday, February 20, 2014
A leading California lawmaker plans to introduce state legislation on Thursday that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of students in elementary through high school, a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion education technology software industry.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Many public schools in Maryland engage private cloud-computing services to provide software and digital educational platforms to help students learn. Schools have entrusted these companies with vast amounts of sensitive student data contained in emails, digital documents and school records, which is stored in computer networks outside of our schools. While cloud providers can offer tremendous advantages, their use may have a darker side.
Jacqueline Gufford, The Daily Princetionian, Thursday, February 06, 2014
Imagine a middle school student uses the word “terrorism” in an essay, and this essay’s transcript is stored indefinitely via a third-party vendor. Data mining flags the essay, and this results in an investigation of the student and the student’s family.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Benjamin Herold, Education Week, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Nine of ten American voters are concerned about advertisers using personal data to market to children, and an overwhelming bipartisan consensus has emerged in support of proposals geared towards safeguarding children's personal information.
David Nagel, The Journal, Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A United States senator is questioning FERPA guidelines that he said could put student privacy at risk. Today Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) said he'll introduce legislation in the coming weeks to protect students' sensitive information from commercial exploitation and from potential mishandling.
Monica Vendituoli, USA Today, Saturday, January 11, 2014
In late December 2013, Washington state representative Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) prefiled a bill titled “Maintaining Privacy of Student Education Records,” that requires the consent of parents, guardians and students before a student’s personally identifiable data is shared with certain organizations. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 15.