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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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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 […]

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Welcome Kobie Pruitt

FPF would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Kobie Pruitt. Kobie is our new Education Policy Manager, and will be taking over the management of FPF’s Education and Student Privacy programs and events. Kobie comes to us from the Hill where he was a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-09), and included […]