FPF Testifies Before Federal Commission on School Safety

FPF Testifies Before Federal Commission on School Safety

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

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

January 16, 2018 | Doug Casey

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.

Read More
The Top 10: Student Privacy News (October-November 2017)

November 16, 2017 | Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (October-November 2017)

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.

Read More
The Top 10: Student Privacy News (September 2017)

October 6, 2017 | Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (September 2017)

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.

Read More