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Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

February 5, 2019 | Alexis Shore

Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

In recent years, growing concerns about students’ data privacy have led to over 500 proposed new laws in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. There are legitimate concerns about the protection of students’ information, but one concern doesn’t get enough discussion: whether privacy fears and the push for new laws are making it more difficult […]

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School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

December 20, 2018 | Alexis Shore

School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

By Sara Collins, Tyler Park, and Amelia Vance Yesterday, the Federal Commission on School Safety released a report detailing its conclusions, after holding a series of meetings and hearings in the wake of school shootings such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 14th. Nearly every aspect of the […]

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Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

November 18, 2018 | Susan Bearden

Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

Voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are used by consumers to help automate common tasks such as home heating and lighting, listening to music, searching the internet, making online purchases, and sending emails. While some consumer tools have an education version with privacy policies and terms of service agreements specifically geared towards educational use, Amazon Echo and Google Home do not.

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Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

September 10, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

As you send your child off to start a new school year, you may have questions about how your child’s teachers are using new technologies, such as tablets, computers, apps, or online learning platforms. What kind of information will they collect, and how will it affect child’s privacy? With all of the new educational technology in classrooms, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. Here are the 7 most important questions that parents should ask about student privacy during this school year.

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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 | 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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State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

January 16, 2018 | Ferpa Sherpa

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.

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