Kids & The Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots

December 1, 2016 | Stacey Gray

Kids & The Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots

Today, at the 2016 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Annual Conference,  the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and FOSI released a white paper, Kids & The Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots. FPF and FOSI understand that connected toys are creating opportunities for interactive play and education, but […]

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FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors

November 7, 2016 | Brenda Leong

FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we are publishing the FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors. Co-written with education privacy experts Linnette Attai of PlayWell LLC, Amelia Vance of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and David B. Rubin, Esq., this document provides […]

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Seven Basic Security Checks for Evaluating Educational Platforms

November 7, 2016 | Brenda Leong

Seven Basic Security Checks for Evaluating Educational Platforms

FPF has produced a checklist to assist parents and schools in considering the “basics” of security standards on new ed tech products and services they may be considering or using.  In on-line security, there is unfortunately no “one size fits all” solution, but with so many products and services available, this checklist is designed to […]

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Supporting Parental Choice for Student Data

September 21, 2016 | Brenda Leong

Supporting Parental Choice for Student Data

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released Supporting Parental Choice for Student Data. The paper discusses the importance of trusting parents to make the final decision on when and where to share their child’s educational information outside of the school environment. The paper acknowledges valid concerns – that parents may not realize or understand everything they’ve been […]

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It’s not a goodbye but a see you soon…..

June 3, 2016

It’s not a goodbye but a see you soon…..

When I became a parent 12 years ago, I was overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of this little person who so completely depended on me. As I settled into parenting (and had more kids) I had time to think about what I wanted for them. Besides health, inordinate amounts of happiness and similar […]

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Teachers, Privacy Protections and the Law

May 26, 2016

Teachers, Privacy Protections and the Law

2 years ago, the student data privacy debate sparked and created an awareness not only between schools and vendors but also with legislators. Parent concerns grew at this time as the controversy surrounding inBloom grew and fears of misuse of student data increased. In response to this, legislators in 36 states introduced 110 bills on […]

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Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

May 23, 2016 | Brenda Leong

Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

Data has always been an inherent part of the educational process – a child’s age, correlated with her grade level, tracked to specific reading or math skills that align with that grade, measured by grades and tests which rank her according to her peers. Today this data is ever more critical. Education professionals seek understanding […]

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