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Promoting Innovation, and Protecting Privacy in the Classroom

Today, FPF announces the release of two new student privacy related papers.  They are: Who Is Reading Whom Now: Privacy in Education from Books to MOOCs (Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene (October 7, 2014), Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2507044) and, Student Data: Trust, Transparency and the Role of […]

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CDT’s "Always On" – the Digital Student

FPF attended the “Always On – Digital Student” forum hosted by the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Data Quality Campaign on September 24, 2014.  The Digital Student Challenge Jon Phillips of Dell opened the session with a challenge that we need to change the learning process as well as change how we measure […]

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Transparency About What Data is Used is Key for Parents and Students

Last week, the New York Times hosted a Room for Debate on Protecting Student Privacy in On-Line Learning.  The question: “Is the collection of data from schools an invasion of students’ privacy?”  Jules’ weighed in, making the key point that schools must continuously and effectively communicate with parents on what technology is being used, what […]

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FERPA | SHERPA: Providing a Guide to Education Privacy Issues

Education is changing. New technologies are allowing information to flow within classrooms, school, and beyond, enabling new learning environments and new tools to understanding and improve the way teachers teach and students learn. At the same time, however, the confluence of enhanced data collection with highly sensitive information children and teens also makes for a […]

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Synopsis: Education Privacy Hearing—How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy

Yesterday, the House of Representatives Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint hearing to discuss “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy.” Four witnesses presented testimony from a number of perspectives: (1) Joel R. Reidenberg, Chair and Professor of […]

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FPF Statement on Today's Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Education Privacy

One of the most important sections of the Administration’s recent report on Big Data concerns was focused on education technology and privacy. The report noted the need to ensure that innovations in educational technology, including new approaches and business models, have ample opportunity to flourish. Many of these benefits include robust tools to improve teaching […]

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The Need for Privacy and Technology in our Schools: Rethinking Privacy in Education

Last Thursday, Jules Polonetsky participated in a Congressional E-Learning Caucus Briefing on “Data Privacy in Education” on Capitol Hill. Moderating the discussion was Intel’s David Hoffman, who today summarized his thoughts on the event: The demise of inBloom and many of the findings of the Pew research point to a need for continued dialogue on the […]