Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. over the past few decades, the vast majority of personal information, for both students and employees, has been digitized. accidentally uploads private data of 12,000 students. ”.

Communicating Student Data Privacy

Tom Murray

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the use and security of student data. As such, adequately communicating student data privacy policy and practice has been a challenge.

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5 different ways IT directors handle student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is a hot-button issue. I give a lot of credit to the leading district CIOs and CTOs who have stepped up and fulfilled the promise of the laws,” says Vance, who also runs FERPA|Sherpa , the Education Privacy Resource Center that has loads of resources online.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

Despite universal concerns about student data privacy, communicating school policies can quickly overwhelm school leaders. CoSN has stepped in with guidance for superintendents and principals to help them with several aspects of student data privacy, including best practices for informing the community. with an overlay of state and local laws makes understanding privacy regulations difficult at every level of education.

A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

A chilling, must-read study report just released (May 2015) by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), “ Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions ” should serve as a clarion call to advocates and policymakers to broaden their focus on what exactly is at issue with respect to student data privacy and how we must move forward as a sector to address it.

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy

EdTech Magazine

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy. However, in exchange, education technology companies may have access to student information including biometrics, personal identifiable information and students’ geolocation. .

Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

eSchool News

National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy. Blackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information. Use data for authorized educational purposes only. •

Four Student Data Privacy Issues Adults Should Be Aware Of

MindShift

A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students. [[ This is a content summary only. Digital Tools featured full-image privacy student data systems Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Four Student Data Privacy Issues Adults Should Be Aware Of

MindShift

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. But some student-privacy advocates are saying it doesn’t go far enough in restricting what private companies can do with student data. LA Johnson/NPR. By Anya Kamenetz, NPR.

Data access is easier than ever, but is that a good thing?

eSchool News

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIOs, teachers, administrators, and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy, and interoperability. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “What should I do right now?” The data balancing act.

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Student-Data-Privacy Laws Take Effect in California and New Hampshire

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Student-data-privacy laws take will take effect across the country in 2016, allowing for the most comprehensive industry-targeted student-data-privacy legislation in the country. million students will be covered by the protections laid out within SOPIPA (Student Online Personal Information Protection Act), with California and New Hampshire being the first of four states to implement the law this year.

Understanding cyber liability insurance

eSchool News

School district data breaches are on the rise, and your school district’s student information system (SIS) data could be a prime target for hackers. Are there any laws about the management of student and employee records? How susceptible is my school district to a data breach? How can my district mitigate the risks of a data breach? Are you looking for an insurance policy designed to manage risks and costs associated with a data breach?

10 big findings about ed-tech privacy

eSchool News

Student information privacy is a hot-button topic, and a new Common Sense Education survey shows a widespread lack of transparency and inconsistent privacy and security practices among ed-tech applications and services.

What You Need to Know About Teaching Cybersecurity

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These core concepts will provide a foundation upon which the learner can start looking at more specialized roles within information security. After that, he founded Infosec Learning to develop a better and more scalable way to deliver computer, cyber, and information security training.

5 things every K-12 employee should do to protect student data

eSchool News

Student data privacy and security are top priorities for edtech leaders. While IT leaders in education have their hands full trying to protect the student information stored and accessed in the software and data systems used by their schools, the actions of other employees throughout the district can support—or undermine—these efforts. Don’t keep or share student data any more than you have to.

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Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

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Do you know where your data is stored? With the increased emphasis on student data privacy, many school leaders might think they have a handle on cyber security. Filter information coming into buildings and to school email addresses. Know the life of your data.

Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

eSchool News

When FERPA was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974, “accessibility” meant “the key to the filing cabinet,” and an “information request” was either an in-person conversation or a bundle of paperwork. But how do you balance the need for speed with legal privacy obligations?

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

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School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes. Data Analytics. Data empowers school districts to make informed technology decisions that impact student success, Draper explains. Data Privacy.

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Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

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When Congress passed FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. Leaders need to provide their constituencies (teachers, students, parents, vendors, etc.)

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “what should I do right now?” Jena is passionate about improving how students learn with technology.

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Privacy concerns dominate 2017 student data legislation

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During the 2017 legislative session, data privacy showed up in 93 of 183 state bills touching on education data. Since 2013, lawmakers in 49 states have introduced 503 bills, and 41 states have passed 94 laws regarding education data privacy and security, according to the latest accounting by the Data Quality Campaign. Uncategorized data protection FERPA information security report student data privacy

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5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. School management needs to take reasonable steps to ensure protection beyond data sharing policies. Lilly explained that his schools, for instance, have frequent administrative access audits to ensure they can’t see information, like social security numbers, they shouldn’t. Professional Reputation: As evidenced by recent incidents, stories about data hacks stay in the news for many cycles.

Group advises SEAs, LEAs on emerging student data policies

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily ® In the course of developing new laws governing student data privacy, states and districts have experienced some common “pitfalls” — some of which, along with lessons learned, were documented in a recent policy brief authored by Amelia Vance, director of education data and technology for the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Schools collect reams of data, inspiring a move to make sense of it all

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Almost every school collects and stores information on how students perform. This can be difficult to do by hand, but computers make the task of collecting the data easier and faster. Uncategorized data collection FERPA sensitive data student data student data privacyTest scores. Attendance. Demographics. And on and on. Now, more than ever, digital programs make it easy to gather, slice and dice these numbers.

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Experts: All departments districtwide should engage in protecting data

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® School leaders don’t have to ban innovative pedagogy and technology-rich learning in order to safeguard student information, according to Robert Dillon, director of innovation and learning for the School District of University City in Missouri. More… Uncategorized data collection digital learning student data privacy technology integration

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How Safe Is Your Students’ Data? [Quiz]

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Student data privacy has become one of the greatest educational concerns of our time. Are you familiar with the current student data privacy landscape? Education Technology Data Privacy Cybersecurity Technology Tips

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Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

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We recognize that while educators adapt to new realities, they remain dedicated to their students’ well-being and learning. Educators are searching for helpful resources to support their students as they shift to distance learning while connecting and collaborating with colleagues.

Will New York Do the Right Thing on Facial Recognition in Schools?

Doug Levin

For those who care about the evolving terrain of student data privacy and civil liberties issues in schools, you may know that the actions of Lockport (NY) Public Schools – and their defiance of the advice of the New York State Department of Education – have become a defining case. For more information on this legislative proposal, NYCLU has all the details (“ Legislative Memo: Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools “).

K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech

Edsurge

For years, the privacy community has been urging educators to be more intentional—and careful—about introducing new tech tools in their classrooms. But expecting teachers to wade through the legalese of every vendor’s privacy policy may be too much to ask for. Even efforts to rate and review products’ privacy features have been stymied, with so much competing, contradictory information now available. But a coalition of K-12 privacy leaders promises a better solution.

Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. Because keeping your studentsdata safe is important to everyone here at Gaggle, we decided that our next webcast should focus on what school leaders and edtech companies can do to protect student data. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

How to find an LMS that supports student privacy and data security

eSchool News

As the stewards of student data and information, our school district doesn’t take that role lightly. Proud to be one of just 13 districts nationwide to receive the Consortium for Student Networking (CoSN) Trusted Learning Environment Seal—which designates institutions that have taken measurable steps to implement practices to help ensure the privacy of student data—we knew that our existing learning management system (LMS) wasn’t up to the task.

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Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education

Edsurge

That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder. Relative to the flurry of legislative activity seen in prior years, it was a somewhat measured year for student data privacy. There was a constant drumbeat around it that filled up whatever space was available amid preparation for the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Don’t collect the data in the first place.

How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols. As technology becomes more ubiquitous, schools must balance student access with student privacy laws. . There is a vast array of platforms available to schools and educators, which can make it difficult to stay abreast of protocols for disclosing personal information, especially when using third-party applications. . Educators Should Take Responsibility for Student Data Privacy.

How the CCPA Affects California School Districts

EdTech Magazine

This month, the state of California began enforcing its latest consumer privacy law. Known as the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, the comprehensive law protects the personal consumer data that businesses collect and increases transparency around it. Under the law, California residents can ask companies what personal information they have collected and how they are using and sharing that data, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

How the CCPA Affects California School Districts

EdTech Magazine

This month, the state of California began enforcing its latest consumer privacy law. Known as the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, the comprehensive law protects the personal consumer data that businesses collect and increases transparency around it. Under the law, California residents can ask companies what personal information they have collected and how they are using and sharing that data, according to the Office of the Attorney General.