Democratic Senator and Common Sense Media Question the Release of Student Data

SERVE AND PROTECT: This past Tuesday, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) questioned putting student data in private hands in his letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Referencing a New York Times article from early October, Markey asked Duncan about matters from encryption protocols (i.e. security measures "to prevent the loss or acquisition of data that is transferred between schools and third parties") to student record privacy. The tense space of sharing data seemed to attract more antagonism this week, with Common Sense Media CEO Jim Steyer urging edtech leaders to create student data "safeguards."

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