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Bipartisan Report: Feds Should Connect Student Data While Protecting Privacy

Today, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released their final report. The Commission was created through bi-partisan legislation in 2016 to “consider how to strengthen government’s evidence-building and policymaking efforts” (page 16). One of the key issues that the Commission heard from advocates on all sides about whether to overturn the current federal ban on connecting education data collected by the federal government in order to provide students, postsecondary institutions, and the public with information that could be used to improve policies or better target federal funding.

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (March-April 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers. Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories.

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Feb-March 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers.* Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories. New America has released an ethical framework to help colleges use predictive analytics to benefit students (this report follows their previous report […]

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Seven Basic Security Checks for Evaluating Educational Platforms

FPF has produced a checklist to assist parents and schools in considering the “basics” of security standards on new ed tech products and services they may be considering or using. In on-line security, there is unfortunately no “one size fits all” solution, but with so many products and services available, this checklist is designed to provide some initial key triggers of areas that either meet a basic threshold, or might serve as discussion points for further review with the company involved.

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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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Jules Polonetsky Statement Following Home Depot Announcement

Today, The Home Depot released new findings from its investigation of the company’s recent payment data breach. Jules Polonetsky, Executive Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, had the following statement: More important than legal compliance after a breach is a company’s efforts to make sure that consumer concerns are addressed. It’s great to see […]

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Google Taps the YubiKey for Better Account Security

With identity theft and cybersecurity issues in the news seemingly on a daily basis, better tools to protect our data – and our privacy – are always welcome. For some time, FPF has endorsed the use of two-factor authentication as an “extra” step consumers can take to protect their accounts across a variety of online services. While everyone at FPF uses […]