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Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

February 5, 2019 | Alexis Shore

Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

In recent years, growing concerns about students’ data privacy have led to over 500 proposed new laws in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. There are legitimate concerns about the protection of students’ information, but one concern doesn’t get enough discussion: whether privacy fears and the push for new laws are making it more difficult […]

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To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

January 22, 2019 | Alexis Shore

To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

Too often, debates about students’ privacy are conducted within an isolated context of digital privacy law, instead of where they really belong––within discussions about improving teaching and learning. Parents are becoming more worried about students’ privacy because they hear a lot about risks and not enough about how students’ information can advance teaching and learning. […]

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Dept of Ed: Schools Cannot Require Parents or Students to Waive Their FERPA Rights Through Ed Tech Company’s Terms of Service

January 20, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Dept of Ed: Schools Cannot Require Parents or Students to Waive Their FERPA Rights Through Ed Tech Company’s Terms of Service

A just-released letter regarding the Agora Cyber Charter School might signal that a FERPA compliance crack-down – frequently mentioned as their next step after providing extensive guidance by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) employees at conferences throughout 2017 – has begun. The Agora letter provides crucial guidance to schools – both K-12 and Higher Ed – and ed tech companies about how USED interprets FERPA’s requirements regarding parental consent and ed tech products’ terms of service, and it may predict USED’s enforcement priorities going forward.

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State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

January 16, 2018 | Ferpa Sherpa

State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

The letter and intent of privacy laws define compliance standards for school districts and other stakeholders, but who supports the translation of statute into practice? National organizations can provide general frameworks and guidelines, but — as is the case in Connecticut — the onus of achieving and maintaining compliance falls on local leaders and software providers.

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Quick Security Tips for Vendors

November 9, 2017 | Future of Privacy Forum

Quick Security Tips for Vendors

This tool, a companion to FPF’s “Quick Privacy Tips for Vendors,” is designed to provide a simple baseline of security principles and practices as an ed tech business grows its products and services.  Of course, this list of tips does not constitute a complete security policy, but if followed, it will ensure that vendors have […]

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2017 Education Data Legislation Review

October 27, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

2017 Education Data Legislation Review

Over the past decade, states have made enormous progress in collecting, using, and reporting education data in service of learning—although state legislation has primarily focused on implementing the robust privacy and security protections and data governance structures that make data use safe. In the 2017 legislative session, data privacy continued to be a focus with more […]

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Law Enforcement Access to Student Records

September 25, 2017 | Future of Privacy Forum

Law Enforcement Access to Student Records

This FPF guide helps schools – and the companies that serve them – understand their legal options and when they may be required to disclose student personal information, especially immigration status data, to law enforcement.

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