What We’re Reading: Higher Ed News (Feb – July 2018)

What We’re Reading: Higher Ed News (Feb – July 2018)

July 12, 2018 | Sara Collins, Erika Ross, and Amelia Vance

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What We’re Reading: K-12 News (Feb – July 2018)

July 12, 2018 | Sara Collins, Tyler Park, Erika Ross, and Amelia Vance

What We’re Reading: K-12 News (Feb – July 2018)

Beyond our “Top 10,” FPF’s student privacy newsletter includes many, many other stories. Below are the K-12 stories we found important over the last few months.

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Feb – July 2018)

July 12, 2018 | Sara Collins, Tyler Park, Erika Ross, and Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Feb – July 2018)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers. Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories.

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FPF Testifies Before Federal Commission on School Safety

July 11, 2018 | Sara Collins, Tyler Park, Erika Ross, and Amelia Vance

FPF Testifies Before Federal Commission on School Safety

John Verdi, the Future of Privacy Forum’s Vice President of Policy, testified today before the Federal Commission on Student Safety meeting, “Curating a Healthier & Safer Approach: Issues of Mental Health and Counseling for Our Young.”

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New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

June 7, 2018 | Sara Collins, Stacey Gray, Tyler Park, and Amelia Vance

New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) just released the study, “Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,” which examines the practices of data brokers who buy and sell information about students. In the study, the authors describe existing privacy laws, map the commercial marketplace, and describe the challenges of understanding how data about students is collected and used.

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Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy

June 7, 2018 | Sara Collins, Tyler Park, and 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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FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy

May 18, 2018 | Erika Ross

FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy

On May 17th, Future of Privacy Forum’s (FPF) Amelia Vance, Director of the Education Privacy Project, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for their hearing on “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Data Security: Exploring How Schools and States Keep Data Safe.” Amelia discussed how states, districts and ed tech companies are working together to ensure student privacy.

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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 | Lindsey Barrett and 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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