White House Working With Republican Congressmen to Protect Student Data Reuters published an article about how “[t]he White House is working with a Republican congressman on the U.S. House of Representatives' leadership team and Democrats in both the House and Senate on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps.” According to the article, “the legislation, aimed at ensuring kids' data is used only for educational and legitimate research purposes, is the first of President Barack Obama's ‘Big Data’ privacy plans to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Congress.”
Chalkbeat Colorado published an article about a “new bipartisan student data privacy bill” that “would impose requirements on outside vendors such as software and database companies that handle information about Colorado students” and would “prohibit vendors from doing targeted advertising based on student information, creating student profiles, selling student information or disclosing student information in most circumstances.” See the bill text here.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis for The New York Times wrote a piece about how last week “the White House accelerated its efforts...to bolster data privacy laws.” The article touched on the White House’s “student-privacy initiative.”
Watchdog.org published an article about how a legislator from Idaho recently “introduced legislation...to form a task force to study how the state and local school districts handle that precious information [about student performance].”
Last week, StriveTogether released two new publications designed to help communities responsibly use student data and effectively partner with schools on data-driven ways to improve education outcomes.” The publications can be found here and here.
Ohio’s The Lima News published a piece about the constitutional implications of “new guidelines that empower schools to force a student to hand over his or her passwords to social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter if a student is using a computer to violate school rules.”
This update was compiled by Hannah Offer. Hannah is a senior at the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences and a research assistant for the Student Privacy Initiative.