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Who Exactly IS a “School Official” Anyway?
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January 19, 2016 | Brenda Leong

Who Exactly IS a “School Official” Anyway?

School Officials and Ed Tech Vendors The School Official exception to FERPA, the federal student privacy law, allows schools to provide student data to principals, teachers and school employees to use for educational purposes. But what about contractors who may work for the school, like a bus company or an email service provider? The original […]

Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect
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January 12, 2016 | Kobie Pruitt

Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the Student Privacy […]

Future of Privacy Forum and Houston ISD Announce Winners for Student Privacy Video Competition
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January 5, 2016 | Kobie Pruitt

Future of Privacy Forum and Houston ISD Announce Winners for Student Privacy Video Competition

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in partnership with Houston ISD’s Office of Educational Technology have introduced a student-created video campaign to encourage public school students to engage about how to safeguard their privacy and personal data. In October, students from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) were offered the chance to create short videos […]

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February 12, 2015 | Brenda Leong

The Student Privacy Pledge and Security

We know it is critical for ed tech companies to get security right. The Student Privacy Pledge developed by FPF and SIIA requires signatories to maintain “a comprehensive security program that is reasonably designed to protect the security . . . of personal student information . . . appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.” […]