Future of Privacy Forum Welcomes New Leader for Student Data Privacy Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             

November 7, 2016

Contact: Melanie Bates, Director of Communications, [email protected]

Future of Privacy Forum Welcomes New Leader for Student Data Privacy Program

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced that Amelia Vance has joined the organization as Policy Counsel. Her portfolio includes student privacy for K-12 and Higher Education environments, and education technology initiatives. Vance leads FPF’s work to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools, helping educators with resources and information, and seeking inputs from all stakeholders to ensure students succeed.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working on this important issue,” Vance said. “FPF has already done amazing work in this arena, and I look forward to expanding FPF’s project to develop robust policies and practices that will transform the ed tech and student privacy space.”

Prior to FPF, Vance was the Director of the Education Data & Technology Project at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In that capacity, she tracked and provided comments on state and federal legislation, provided technical assistance to over 30 states, spoke at events with attendance ranging from 10 to 800 people, provided guidance on the nuances of student privacy law to most major education organizations, and wrote op-eds, short pieces, and longer reports, including “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned” and “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy.”

“Technology and data, if used with respect for students, teachers, and parents has great potential to advance learning,” said Jules Polonetsky, FPF’s CEO. “In her previous position, Amelia helped chart best practices for student data and we are excited to have her shape FPF’s activities going forward.”

“Having worked closely with Amelia on student data issues while she was at NASBE, I have complete confidence that she will build on FPF’s strong student privacy foundations, designing new initiatives and support for the growing use of technology and data to achieve educational objectives,” said Brenda Leong, FPF’s Senior Counsel and Director of Operations.

Vance is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the American Constitution Society, and is a board member of the Virginia Equality Bar Association. Vance is a graduate of McDaniel College and William & Mary Law School.

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The Future of Privacy Forum is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. To learn more, visit www.fpf.org.