Student Data Privacy and Security Breakfast

Boston, MA - Jun 11 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Price: Free

Protecting Student Data While Promoting Learning and Innovation in the Education Technology Sector

The adoption of cloud-based educational technologies in K-12 education means that student data now plays an increasingly important role in student outcomes. Recent studies show that 95% of K-12 public school districts are using one or more forms of educational technology - resulting in an estimated $8 billion market for educational technology software.

As schools and districts increasingly turn to technology and data-driven strategies for improving schools and educational outcomes, legal protections regarding student privacy are essential foundations. Federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), provide baseline requirements nationwide and many states have added their own unique regulatory requirements.

Please join us for a 90 minute presentation by experts in education policy, educational technology, entrepreneurship and law to explore the evolution and current state of nationwide regulation of student information.

Our panelists will discuss:

  • Privacy and Data Security in Education Technology
  • Federal and State Regulatory Environment and a Congressional Overhaul of FERPA
  • Recommendations for Technology Companies Navigating the Regulatory Maze
  • Best Practices for School Districts and their Commercial Partners

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors there is no cost to attend, but registration is required.


Jim O'Hare is a partner in the Nelson Mullins law firm and represents technology-based companies, their boards of directors, and investors in the areas of general corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, dispute resolution, and public and private financings. Mr. O'Hare also represents private equity funds, including funds of funds, in their formation, capital raising and portfolio investment activities. Mr. O'Hare has served clients as a lawyer, a public company general counsel and senior executive, and an investment banker. He has represented a number of companies offering technology solutions to the education sector.

David Katz is a partner in Nelson Mullins and leads the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. He counsels clients on the development, management, and oversight of privacy and compliance programs. He also assists them in developing policies and procedures, education strategies, implementation of auditing and monitoring controls, reviews of disciplinary and enforcement activities, and risk assessments. He speaks and writes on matters relating to technology, privacy and data security. His tweets can be followed on twitter @KatzFDavid.

Steve Winnick practices in the area of education law and policy with EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins. He has experience with federal education law and policy, particularly at the elementary and secondary levels, and in the civil rights area, as well as in the federal ethics area. Throughout his career his goal has been to help states and school districts leverage federal law to meet their educational goals and avoid compliance problems. He been engaged in advocacy before the United States Department of Education; focused on issues related to the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as administrative laws and regulations that impact federal education programs; and served as deputy general counsel and the designated agency ethics official of the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked for 34 years.

Rob Curtin is the co-founder and Chief Privacy Officer of Pip Learning Technologies, provider of the Trust Platform® identity service for schools. A 25-year EdTech veteran Rob has balanced his career working with global providers such as IBM and Microsoft, and with a start-ups. After building a Student Information Systems that went on to be acquired by Sungard, he spent a decade with Microsoft serving as Chief Applications Office for US Education. He formed Pip in April 2014 to help schools bridge the gap between the vision of personalized learning and the reality of school-based infrastructure. 


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