FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy


For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2018
Contact: Erika Ross, Communications Associate, Education Privacy Project
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FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy

Washington, D.C– Today, Future of Privacy Forum’s (FPF) Amelia Vance, Director of the Education Privacy Project, will deliver testimony in a hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Data Security: Exploring How Schools and States Keep Data Safe.” In her prepared testimony, Vance will comment on how states, districts and ed tech companies can work together in ensuring student privacy.

Vance will discuss the value of technology and data when it is used and implemented properly, and discuss innovative practices that help schools, states, and companies protect student privacy. She will also address the challenges and opportunities that stakeholders face when supporting appropriate use of educational technologies while safeguarding privacy.

Also testifying at the hearing are David Couch, K-12 CIO and Associate Commissioner of the Kentucky Office of Education Technology; Catherine Lhamon, Attorney and Former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education; and Dr. Gary Lilly, Superintendent of Bristol Tennessee City Schools.

Vance previously spoke on student privacy at the December 2017 workshop on student privacy and ed tech, hosted by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Education.  

FPF is a non-profit organization focused on consumer privacy issues. FPF primarily equips and convenes key stakeholders to find actionable solutions to the privacy concerns raised by the speed of technological development. FPF’s Education Privacy Project works to ensure student privacy while supporting technology use and innovation in education that can help students succeed. Among other initiatives, FPF maintains the education privacy resource center website, FERPA|Sherpa, and co-founded the Student Privacy Pledge.

A full version of Vance’s testimony is available here.