I’ve mentioned this California bill before, but here’s more on it, from Tanya Roscorla:
A California bill seeks to close a loophole in federal and state privacy laws that allows companies to use student data for non-educational purposes.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act on Thursday, Feb. 20, to hold private companies accountable for how they handle K-12 student data. Currently, federal and state laws place the responsibility on schools to protect personal information including phone numbers, emails and addresses.
SB 1177 would allow operators of websites, online services, online applications or mobile applications to use student data strictly for school purposes. They couldn’t use, share, disclose or compile personal information about students for commercial purposes, including advertising and profiling. They also couldn’t advertise a product to a student on their site.
Read more on Government Technology.