Apr 212014

Jo Napolitano reports: The technology nonprofit inBloom, created to build a massive cloud-based student data system, announced Monday it will close — just weeks after New York ordered it to delete state student records. In an open letter posted to the group’s website, inBloom chief executive Iwan Streichenberger said the Atlanta-based organization had become “a [...]

Apr 192014

A student privacy bill, mentioned previously on this blog, had gotten hung up in the Louisiana legislature last month.  Ashley Bateman has an update: A bill is making its way through the Louisiana legislature would revamp how schools and the state collect student data. Passed by the House and awaiting a vote in the Senate [...]

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 [...]