Monday, April 07, 2014
Education was one of the first areas where privacy was regulated by a federal statute. Passed in the early 1970s, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was on the frontier of federal privacy regulation. But now it is old and ineffective. With the growing public concern about the privacy of student data, states are starting to rev up their engines and become more involved. The result could be game-changing legislation for the multi-billion dollar education technology industry.
SwissInfo.ch, Thursday, March 20, 2014
Swiss schools may soon start using a Microsoft cloud-computing service after a deal was sealed between the tech giant and Swiss officials and appropriate changes made to ensure adherence to strict data protection guidelines.
Japan Today, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Washington-based SafeGov.org, a non-profit organization that promotes the safe and secure use of cloud computing, on Tuesday released the results of an opinion survey of Japanese parents with school-age children using internet in their classrooms. The survey reveals that the majority of parents are concerned about the violation of their child’s privacy deriving from in-school Internet access, and 74% disprove companies tracking their child’s web browsing habits for their commercial use of online ads.
Benjamin Herold, Education Week, Thursday, March 13, 2014
As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through federal court, giant online-services provider Google has acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools.
Benjamin Herold, Education Week, Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Seeking to help schools and districts better protect students' privacy, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance Tuesday on the proper use, storage, and security of the massive amounts of data being generated by new, online educational resources.The guidelines, produced by the department's privacy technical assistance center, highlight the rapidly evolving, often-murky world of educational technology and student data privacy: "It depends" is the department's short answer to two major questions related to the laws governing the sharing of sensitive student information with third-party vendors.
Kate Tummarello, The Hill, Monday, February 24, 2014
Federal officials are pushing the education tech industry to heighten privacy and security standards for student data. Speaking at a Common Sense event on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that his department would be on Tuesday releasing guidance for companies that contract with schools to handle student data.
Zach Rausnitz, FierceGovernmentIT, Monday, February 24, 2014
A bill in the California State Senate would ban online services for K-12 schools from compiling or sharing students' personal information for commercial purposes, including advertising.
Natasha Singer, The New York Times, Thursday, February 20, 2014
A leading California lawmaker plans to introduce state legislation on Thursday that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of students in elementary through high school, a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion education technology software industry.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Many public schools in Maryland engage private cloud-computing services to provide software and digital educational platforms to help students learn. Schools have entrusted these companies with vast amounts of sensitive student data contained in emails, digital documents and school records, which is stored in computer networks outside of our schools. While cloud providers can offer tremendous advantages, their use may have a darker side.