Feb 122015
 February 12, 2015  Posted by  Announcements, Featured News, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

This looks like a great – and free – resource!

Fordham University School of Law Center on Law and Information Policy is pleased to announce the publication of the Privacy Handbook for Student Information Online: A Toolkit for Schools and Parents, which is designed to provide materials that offer tools for school administrators, teachers and parents so that they can better understand and address online privacy protections and legal requirements.

School districts across the country rely on online service providers and technology companies to improve education and facilitate school administrative functions. These services typically involve the transfer of student information to third-party commercial organizations and raise significant privacy concerns for student information. The Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (“Fordham CLIP”) conducted a research study titled “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools” (http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/clip/2/) which showed that major gaps exist in the protection of student privacy for many of the services used by schools.

“The study identified that school districts have a tremendous need for assistance in addressing privacy and called for the development of a national clearinghouse and research center to develop and distribute materials for schools to be able to use free of charge,” said Professor Joel R. Reidenberg, the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair in Law and founder and director of the Fordham CLIP.

Under the direction of Professor Reidenberg, the Technology and Privacy Law Practicum course at Fordham Law School prepared this set of materials to assist school communities in addressing online privacy issues.

The Privacy Handbook consists of a complete binder in PDF format and each tool as a stand-alone file, including the slides for the professional development presentations. All files may be downloaded and used free of charge by school communities. Any commercial uses will require prior written permission from the tool authors. The Privacy Handbook can be found here: law.fordham.edu/privacyhandbook

Professor Reidenberg will testify at a hearing on “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The hearing is being held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

Professor Reidenberg’s testimony will focus on the need to modernize federal educational privacy law to meet the challenges of today’s educational technologies, as well as make recommendations that Congress modernizes the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. For a complete list of hearing witnesses, please visit: http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398317

 SOURCE: Fordham Law School

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