Personal information about South Australia’s reception students has been sent around the country by the Education Department in breach of the state’s privacy principles, a watchdog says. The department provided the Federal Government with children’s full name, address, school, indigenous status, languages spoken and whether they were repeating a school year, despite the Privacy Committee [...]
Benjamin Herold writes: An influential legislative-advocacy group’s promotion of a model bill meant to protect the privacy of student data sends a strong signal that the hot-button issue will be debated in statehouses around the country in lawmakers’ 2014 sessions. The template being provided to state lawmakers by the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council , known as ALEC, would [...]
Nancy Townsley report: Last Friday’s arrest of a Brown Middle School eighth-grader sparked a right-to-privacy furor after cell phones belonging to students who recorded the teenager’s outburst were confiscated by district staff. Read more on Hillsboro Tribune.
Parents and school district officials in New York are no longer buying the “Trust us, it’s all good” kool-aid that the state education department has been handing out. William Kemble reports: School district officials are unclear about how much information about students will be available through vendors hired by the state to organize data under [...]
Marlene Kennedy of Courthouse News covers the lawsuit seeking to block New York from transferring student information to inBloom: New York’s plan to turn over massive amounts of student data to a private company for online storage violates privacy laws and could expose the information to hacking, a dozen parents and guardians claim in court. [...]
Simon Sharwood reports: The New South Wales (NSW) Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) has issued a direction to privacy officers across the state that they are to share some personal data with the private sector. The data will come from the Department of Attorney General & Justice’s files on young people who have committed an [...]
Evelyn B. Stacey reports: After months of parent protests, Colorado’s Department of Education ended its contract with controversial technology organization inBloom in November, shortly after Jefferson County, Colorado’s school board cut ties with it for the same reason by a 7-1 vote. This makes New York the sole remaining state to continue its relationship with [...]