Apr 152014

Michele Molnar reports: The education industry and K-12 schools are struggling to plot their way out of what has quickly become an emotionally charged and polarized atmosphere around issues of student-data privacy. Several groups are working to establish more clarity and guidance with new policies and practices, digital badges and privacy ratings, checklists, decisionmaking flow [...]

Apr 142014

Alan Friel of BakerHostetler writes: SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature.  This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students.  It would drastically expand the privacy protections of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state equivalents, which impose [...]

Apr 142014

Benjamin Herold reports: Growing public concern about student-data privacy is prompting fresh scrutiny of the ways technology vendors handle children’s educational information—and opening the gates for a flood of new questions and worries from advocates and school officials. Take prominent ed-tech players Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson. Each already has access to the information of [...]

Apr 102014

Joe Arnold reports:  A bill aimed at protecting the personal data of both Kentucky consumers and students  was signed into law Thursday by Governor Steve Beshear (D-Ky). Sponsored by Rep. Steve Riggs (D-Louisville) with an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green), the bipartisan legislation (House Bill 232) requires businesses to notify consumers if [...]

Apr 082014

The Association of Parents of Children in Church Schools (APCCS) expressed concern about the use and protection of personal data of students and their relatives. The APCCS is seriously concerned about the contents of Legal Notice 76 of 2014. LN 76/2014 gives the Minister responsible for Education and Employment the right to obtain personal information [...]

Apr 022014

Carolyn Thompson reports: New York has reversed course to use an Atlanta-based company to store student data for parents and officials to use to track student progress, after the plan triggered privacy concerns and a legal challenge. “We will not store any student data with inBloom, and we have directed inBloom to securely delete all [...]