Policy

DATA PRIVACY

One of the most explosive topics in education involves how to protect students' privacy as more and more data about them is collected. Here's a peek into this complex and evolving subject.


ACLU, Parent Groups Oppose Tracking Student Outcomes
KEEPING A RECORD: Privacy and parent groups and American Civil Liberties Union are calling on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to reject using a student-unit record system. The system is a federal database that tracks college students’ outcomes, from academic information to employment...
So Far in 2016: 14 States Pass 16 Student Privacy Laws, According to Data Quality Campaign
SAVING STUDENT PRIVACY: Since far in 2016, 34 states have introduced 112 student data privacy bills. Of these, 14 states have passed 16 bills as laws. These numbers come from the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a nonprofit that monitors how student data is used. Its latest report (PDF) offers a bird’s-eye view of major questions and strategies on how to safeguard student privacy as more technology tools are adopted by schools...
Code.org Has Removed 10M Student Email Addresses and Won't Collect Any More
MASS EXTINCTION: Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education, has announced via press release that it has removed 10 million student email addresses from its servers and written a new privacy policy. Under the new policy, students using Code.org will log in using their email addresses, but the addresses will not be sent to Code...