Service Providers Archive

August 30, 2016

Harvard Berkman Center FERPA Guide for Networked Technologies

“Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director, Dalia Topelson Ritvo, with the help of clinic students, Cyrstal Nwaneri and Makala Kaupalolo, published an updated guide to help K-12 schools navigate the federal laws that apply when introducing networked technologies both in and out of the classroom.”

August 30, 2016

Common Sense Media Privacy Evaluations

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 […]

July 11, 2016

Student Data Privacy Consortium Creates Privacy Contract Framework

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, […]

May 5, 2016

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

iKeepSafe has made available a new SOPIPA badge for education service providers to help them communicate to schools, parents and other stakeholders that they are responsible with student data and are complying with the laws that govern student privacy.

May 5, 2016

Future of Privacy Forum Featured in NASBE’s May Issue of the Standard

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.

April 21, 2016

Common Sense Media SOPIPA FAQ

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.

January 13, 2016

Security Quick Tips for Vendors

1. Risk: Data Interception Solution: Encrypt Data in Transit End-user network traffic is easily monitored or intercepted on open WiFi or over the wire by the operator of the network. To prevent sensitive information from being accessible to unintended parties, use HTTPS (SSL/TLS). Do not send passwords in clear text! (Also encrypt data at-rest; see […]

January 13, 2016

Privacy Quick Tips for Vendors

Complying with FERPA, COPPA, and other student privacy laws can be complex. But when privacy policies are poorly written or not adequately protective of consumer rights, criticism is sure to follow eventually. A listing of laws and compliance guides are available throughout this site. For small app developers or those looking for some quick key […]

January 13, 2016

Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

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 […]