DQC Update: FERPA Amendment & State Updates
According to Paige Kowalski, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign, a “discussion draft of a proposed FERPA amendment” was released yesterday by Reps. Bobby Scott (ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee) and John Kline (Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee). In addition, “2015 has so far seen 165 [privacy] bills introduced in 42 states” and “6 student data privacy laws—3 in Virginia, 3 in Utah.”
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THE Journal published a piece on Pearson’s monitoring practices and whether they might affect adoption of the Common Core.
The San Jose Mercury News published an article on the economical appeal of Google’s newest model of Chromebook.
Steve Silvius wrote an article for EdSurge about how “underlying all of [the recent student privacy] concerns is uncertainty around an edtech business model that promotes software as free.”
Last week, ed tech company ProctorUsigned the Student Privacy Pledge, joining several big name ed tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft in an effort to protect student privacy.
Last week, the Heartland Institute's Daily Podcast featured “Leonie Haimson, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, [who spoke with Heather Kays] about the current state of student privacy laws in the U.S.” (about the Pearson monitoring controversy and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer’s (R-IN) proposed bill to protect student privacy).
The Daily Bruin published an op-ed piece arguing that University of California “should protect student privacy” and “take steps to prevent data mining.”
JD Supra published an article arguing that states are paving the way for student data privacy legislation while federal efforts to protect student privacy are falling behind.
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch published an article about the large profits of school testing corporations, and how “student privacy interests are taking a back seat to securing lucrative contracts.”
EqualFuture reports how body-worn cameras in schools have sparked privacy concerns.
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.