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Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

November 18, 2018 | Susan Bearden

Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

Voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are used by consumers to help automate common tasks such as home heating and lighting, listening to music, searching the internet, making online purchases, and sending emails. While some consumer tools have an education version with privacy policies and terms of service agreements specifically geared towards educational use, Amazon Echo and Google Home do not.

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Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy

June 7, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy

Amelia Vance, FPF’s Director of Education Privacy, spoke at the Federal Commission on Student Safety’s Listening Session. She asked that any Commission recommendations include the need for privacy “guardrails” around school safety measures to ensure that student privacy and equity are protected.

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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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