Josh James reports:
A Senate bill passed on Thursday aims to keep students’ digital data out of the hands of companies that could misuse the information.
Bill sponsor Sen. Jimmy Higdon told the chamber the General Assembly can’t afford to postpone action.
“The fact of the matter is that right now in our country some private companies are accessing and using information about students. Federal laws are outdated when it comes to protecting our students’ data in this rapidly changing world. Adults have a choice when it comes to online services they expose themselves to. Our students do not,” he said.
In addition to beefing up privacy protections, the legislation also mandates that school districts make public all third-party or private online services contracted by the district.
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