In an effort to better serve schools and protect student information Common Sense Media has created a browser that evaluates the privacy policies of educational service providers. Common Sense Media put an emphasis on the fact that these evaluations are not meant to measure risk but to highlight areas that may require further examination. “The privacy […]
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The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) powered by Access 4 Learning has developed a Privacy Contract Framework for schools and educational service providers. SDPC leveraged the work done by the Massachusetts Student Privacy Alliance (MSPA) to create a “common contract” for usage in school districts across the state. MSPA worked in collaboration with schools, districts, […]
The U.S. Department of Education released the”Data Sharing Tool Kit for Communities: How to Leverage Community Relationships While Protecting Student Data Privacy.” The tool kit will help engage civic and community leaders that wish to use data collected to improve academic performance while protecting student privacy.
The Future of Privacy Forum along with other student data privacy advocates were featured in the May issue of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s editorial the Standard. The May edition, called “The Power of Data” features articles that discuss school data use and student privacy.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education revealed its “Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit.” The toolkit is meant to help schools districts and schools establish open and transparent student data privacy practices. “This student data privacy toolkit provides school districts and schools with recommendations on how to most effectively communicate with parents and other stakeholder groups […]
The Software & Information Industry created the “Privacy Guidelines for Building a Student Privacy Trust Framework” to help policymakers craft laws that require custodians of student information to be responsible in way they use the data and mindful of a student’s privacy.
Common Sense Media has released their SOPIPA FAQs with the intent to help educate parents, teachers, and educational service providers about California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act. In the FAQs, Common Sense shares its ideas for the SOPIPA best practices.
On January 1, 2016, “SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the Student […]
State legislators and policy makers should also be aware of the wide variety of policy papers that provide different perspectives on student privacy.
In the U.S. Senate, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the “Protecting Student Privacy Act,” which amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to restrict sharing and use of student data by private entities.