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New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

June 7, 2018 | 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 | 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 | 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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Recommendations For a Federal Postsecondary Student-Level Data Network

October 27, 2017 | Institute for Higher Education Policy

Recommendations For a Federal Postsecondary Student-Level Data Network

Accurate and complete data can empower college choices, promote student success, and inform federal, state and institutional policies. Yet existing postsecondary student data systems are disconnected, duplicative and incomplete. A Blueprint for Better Information: Recommendations for a Federal Postsecondary Student-Level Data Network underscores the need for a coordinated and comprehensive network that leverages data from […]

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iKeepSafe Educator Training Course

October 23, 2017 | iKeepSafe

iKeepSafe Educator Training Course

Growing concerns about student data privacy can create hurdles for K12 educators working to expand access to edtech and digital innovations. Today’s teachers and administrators need to understand how student personal information is used and improve student privacy protections in order to strengthen parent confidence in digital learning. iKeepSafe’s training course for data privacy in […]

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