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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Dec 2016-Jan 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers.* Today, we are launching “The Top 10,” a monthly blog with our top student privacy stories from the past month (or month-and-a-half, in today’s case). Today, the Data & Society Research Institute released their great […]

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The Student Privacy Pledge is a Binding Legal Commitment and G Suite for Education Makes the Grade

The Student Privacy Pledge is a public and legally enforceable statement by ed tech companies to safeguard student privacy, built around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. Since it was introduced in 2014 by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software and Information Industry Association, more than 300 ed tech companies have become signatories, and it was endorsed by the White House in 2015.

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Parents Support School Tech and Data, But Want Privacy Assurances: FPF 2016 Parent Survey

In 2015, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) set out to gain a better understanding of what public school parents actually know and want concerning the use of technology and collection of data in their children’s schools, as well as their perspectives on the benefits and risks of student data use within the educational system.

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Future of Privacy Forum and ConnectSafely Release Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and ConnectSafely are releasing the Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. Technology tools and applications are changing the way schools and teachers educate students across the country. New resources are making it easier for teachers and students to communicate in and outside of the classroom making learning a 24/7 activity.

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Privacy plays major role in new federal government guidance on transgender student rights

Recently, the Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have filed counter-suits regarding the state’s so called “bathroom bill.” The North Carolina “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” requires students to use public restrooms that correspond with their sex assigned at birth and not with the gender with which they identify.

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May 10th Event: The Higher Education Privacy Conference

The fifth annual Higher Education Privacy Conference (HEPC) will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC. The HEPC is one-day event that focuses on privacy and information management in higher education.  The event consists of a combination of speakers and smaller breakout discussion groups to […]

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EdSurge Carries Piece on Best Practices for Student Privacy

October 30 – EdSurge, a independent online resource on education technology, has  a piece on student data privacy written by FPF’s own Jules Polonetsky and Brenda Leong.  Polonetsky and Leong comment on a “trust gap” between parents and schools when it comes to the collection, use, and security of student data, and discuss the best […]

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The Hill Features FPF’s Comments on Safe Harbor

  Today the US political news website The Hill carried an opinion piece by Future of Privacy Forum staff on the EUCJ’s Safe Harbor ruling.  Executive Director Jules Polonetsky and Legal & Policy Fellow Bénédicte Dambrine write of the challenges the ruling creates for European companies, workers, students, and educational institutions, and asked that policymakers […]

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FPF releases Survey: “Beyond the Fear Factor”

Few topics in education have generated as much discussion as the potential for data and technology to transform teaching and learning. While the public discourse has been dominated by advocates and critics alike, we’ve learned little about how most parents of school-aged children view the risks and opportunities of using data and technology in the […]

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Quick Security Tips for Vendors

As part of our on-going support to vendors, especially start-ups and small business providers in the ed tech market, we have recently published our “Quick Security Tips for Vendors” on FERPA|Sherpa.  This tool, a companion to our “Quick Privacy Tips for Vendors,” is designed to provide a simple baseline of security principles and practices as […]