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Proposed Florida School Safety Policies Undermine Student Privacy

March 26, 2019 | Sara Collins

Proposed Florida School Safety Policies Undermine Student Privacy

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year, state lawmakers and other education stakeholders introduced new measures and recommendations to prevent further violence and ensure students’ safety. While the need for protective measures is clear, all education stakeholders should understand the serious risks to privacy in Florida’s most recent school safety proposals.

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Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

January 9, 2019 | Alexis Shore

Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

Cloud services make it easy: save your document to the cloud and access it from work the next day, without the hassle of emailing yourself files or carrying around a flash drive. But are they a safe way to store grades or confidential student data? To help you keep student data safe and avoid getting into trouble with your IT department (or worse!), let’s compare cloud service designed for consumer use vs. those services contracted by your school or district.

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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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