Other Resources for Transparency

Parent Supervision or Surveillance?

October 8, 2019 | Alexis Shore

Parent Supervision or Surveillance?

When I was 16 years old, I told my mom that I was going on my first date ever with a boy to a nearby ice cream parlor. He picked me up at my house, and we drove away. Ten minutes later, I received a text message from my mom saying, “I’m at the ice cream parlor and you aren’t here.” She wanted to make sure this stranger wasn’t taking her little girl to a strange place, so she followed me. Five years have passed since that first date, and luckily for nervous parents everywhere, technology can now help them track their kids without having to get in the car and physically follow them.

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A Conversation with Dean Folkers

September 16, 2019 | Amelia Vance

A Conversation with Dean Folkers

The Forum Guide to Education Data Privacy explores how state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) can support best practices at the school level to protect the confidentiality of student data in routine instructional and administrative tasks. On July 17, FPF spoke with Working Group Co-Chair Dean Folkers, of the Nebraska Department of Education, about the Forum guide, privacy on the ground, and common-sense thinking about handling student data.

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Guidelines for Trusted Data Use

July 17, 2019 | Data Futures Partnership

Guidelines for Trusted Data Use

Many people understand the benefits of data use, but have key questions they expect to be answered before they are comfortable sharing their personal information. These draft Guidelines set out these questions and provide advice to organizations on the kinds of answers New Zealanders are likely to find acceptable.

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Our 2019 EdTech Security Survey

June 19, 2019 | Common Sense

Our 2019 EdTech Security Survey

Common Sense released this 2019 EdTech Security Survey as part of a semi-annual examination of security practices of education technology-related online services using our security assessment tools. The previous 2018 State of EdTech Security Survey found that approximately 87 percent of edtech services support encryption, and 78 percent of edtech services require encryption. Their findings in early 2019 indicate no meaningful improvements in the percentage […]

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School Safety & Privacy: An Animated Introduction

June 3, 2019 | Amelia Vance

School Safety & Privacy: An Animated Introduction

How can schools make privacy part of their safety plans? The Future of Privacy Forum’s new animated video explores some technologies that schools use or are considering, privacy harms that can result from surveillance, and basic steps to help districts safeguard students’ privacy.

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The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Privacy

May 30, 2019 | Future of Privacy Forum

The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Privacy

This short guide provides short answers to the following questions: How Is Student Data Used? Which Federal Laws Already Address Student and Child Privacy? Do General Privacy Laws Address Student Data? What Are Common State-Level Approaches to Regulating Student Data? What Are Potential Issues to Consider When Drafting Student Privacy Legislation? Which Stakeholders Should Policymakers Consult […]

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Principles for School Safety, Privacy, and Equity

May 30, 2019 | 40 organizations

Principles for School Safety, Privacy, and Equity

Forty education, privacy, disability rights, and civil rights organizations released these ten principles for school safety to protect all students’ privacy, dignity, and right to an equal education. These principles do not replace carefully crafted policy and school safety plans. Rather, they serve to guide policymakers and education stakeholders on the role and importance of privacy and equity […]

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