Student Privacy Pledge Gains New Signatory Last week, ed tech company Imagine Learningsigned the Student Privacy Pledge, joining several big name ed tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft in an effort to protect student privacy.
The Recorder published an article on how the “Ed Tech Boom Brings New Test for Privacy Regulators.”
BBC News published an article about the implications of a new Illinois law “that charges public schools with the task of investigating instances of bullying,” including cyberbullying, “particularly when it's combined with [another recently passed law] that allows administrators to request a student's [social media account] login information when they think they are cyberbullying or breaking other school rules.”
Illinois’ Journal-Courier published a piece on the questionable constitutionality of schools’ investigating students’ social media activity.
Watchdog.org published an article on how the private data of individuals with federal student loans is at risk. According to the article, “[i]f [a student with federal loans] slip[s] into default on [their] promised repayments, the Federal Student Loan Administration gives [their] data to a pool of private companies that collect the debt.”
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.