About this Issue

Education is changing. New technologies are allowing information to flow within schools and beyond, enabling new learning environments and providing new tools to improve the way teachers teach and the way students learn. Data-driven innovations are bringing advances in teaching and learning but are accompanied by concerns about how education data, particularly student-generated data, are being collected and used.

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The Future of Privacy Forum believes that there are critical improvements to learning that are enabled by data and is producing a program of scholarship and policy guidance, along with practical tools to advance the responsible use of data in our schools.

Current FPF education projects include—

  • Student Data Privacy Symposium: FPF presented leading education and privacy experts in in-depth panel discussions on how student data should be collected and used, the risks of student data collection, the overarching value of technology and data use by educational institutions as demonstrated by current research, and more.
    • At the Symposium, FPF also presented their report: “Beyond the Fear Factor, Parental Support for Technology and Data Use in Schools,” on the survey conducted in April 2015, to review parents’ views on technology in schools and the benefits/risks of student data use.
  • A Parents Guide to Student Data Privacy published in partnership with Connect Safely and the National PTA, this guide provides easy-to-understand FAQs regarding student rights to their data under relevant laws, making it a valuable tool for parents to communicate with schools.
  • FERPA|SHERPA website: A compilation of education privacy resources and tools with sections aimed at parents, schools, service providers and policymakers.
    • Parent privacy advocate, Olga Garcia-Kaplan, serves as FPF’s “blogger-in-residence” addressing privacy issues relevant to parents
    • Wrote Quick Privacy Tips for vendors and recently published Quick Security Tips as well
    • Website redesign underway, expansion and publicity strategy planned for fall of 2015
    • Boot Camp for Ed Tech Startups – a program of student privacy education and best practices, for companies new to the ed tech market on how to effectively handle student data privacy.
  • Student Privacy Pledge: Effective January 1, 2015, this is a promise to parents and students by leading ed tech companies regarding the handling of student data. Endorsed by President Obama, The Pledge now has over 170 signatories and continues to grow.

 

FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors
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November 7, 2016 | Brenda Leong

FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we are publishing the FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors. Co-written with education privacy experts Linnette Attai of PlayWell LLC, Amelia Vance of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and David B. Rubin, Esq., this document provides a in-depth analysis for ed tech companies.

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What's Happening: K-12 Education

New Survey Finds Parents Support School Tech and Data, But Want Privacy Assurances
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December 8, 2016 | Melanie Bates

New Survey Finds Parents Support School Tech and Data, But Want Privacy Assurances

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a new survey, Beyond One Classroom: Parental Support for Technology and Data Use in Schools. The survey asked parents to comprehensively outline their goals and concerns about the use of technology and student data. Their answers, and the conclusions that can be drawn from them, should inform the debate regarding local, state, and national policies concerning K-12 education and data use.

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Parents Support School Tech and Data, But Want Privacy Assurances: FPF 2016 Parent Survey
FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors
Top Story

November 7, 2016 | Brenda Leong

FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we are publishing the FPF Guide to Student Data Protections Under SOPIPA: For K-12 School Administrators and Ed Tech Vendors. Co-written with education privacy experts Linnette Attai of PlayWell LLC, Amelia Vance of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and David B. Rubin, Esq., this document provides a in-depth analysis for ed tech companies.

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