School Officials? What do they do and who are they?

February 11, 2016

School Officials? What do they do and who are they?

When we talk about protecting student data, we typically think of apps or student portals holding student data and the challenges of protecting this data. But the reality behind these electronic archiving mediums is that there are many human beings involved in the creation and maintenance of such systems. There are also many individuals and […]

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Can we “quantify” students and protect their privacy?

February 3, 2016

Can we “quantify” students and protect their privacy?

When I was in high school, a moon or two ago, I was offered a “career aptitude test” that was supposed to determine what career was best for me based on my responses. Most of us laughed at the results that came of that test. It’s 2016 and some argue that this is the year […]

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Parental choice…

January 19, 2016

Parental choice…

As parents we are constantly making decisions on behalf of our children. We act in what we believe are the best interests of our children and, for the most part, make the decision quickly because we understand the ramifications of our choices and nobody knows our children as well as we do. Making choices involves […]

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Security Quick Tips for Vendors

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 […]

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Privacy Quick Tips for Vendors

January 13, 2016 | By Brenda Leong and Jules Polonetsky

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 […]

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Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

January 13, 2016

Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Connect Safely, and the National PTA are proud to announce that the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy is now available in Spanish, both on-line and in hard copy formats. Last year, FPF partnered with ConnectSafely and the National PTA to create the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. […]

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

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 […]

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