Concerns Over Student Data Privacy

Concerns Over Student Data Privacy – UPDATED!

(Excerpt from U.S. News and World Report, January 23, 2014, Allie Bidwell @alliebidwell)

concern over student data privacy

John King faces critics and questions

Parents Worry Student Data Will Be Used for Marketing, Not Education. Data privacy groups urge states to adopt policies addressing privacy and security concerns. 

Most American adults are concerned about third-party companies having access to student data for marketing purposes.

A large majority of American adults are becoming increasingly concerned that student data collected by school districts could be used by third-party companies to market to students, rather than being used to enhance academic achievement.

In a recent survey from the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media, 89 percent of 800 adults polled said they were at least somewhat concerned about advertisers using students’ personal data to market to them.

“There’s no question that, partly because of the attention to the NSA stuff in the past few months, that the public is way more concerned about privacy issues,” says Jim Steyer, chief executive officer of Common Sense Media. “And the major new place this is occurring now is going to be in schools.”

Read the full article here: US News and World Report, Allie Bidwell from January 23 @alliebidwell


By Benjamin Herold on February 10, 2014, EdWeek Blog

A New York state judge has dismissed a petition filed by a group of New York City parents seeking to halt the state education department’s controversial relationship with inBloom, a nonprofit seeking to warehouse sensitive student information.

The New York State Department of Education, Commissioner John B. King, and the Board of Regents of the State University of New York “have met their burden to show there was a reasonable basis for the decision to enter into the agreement with inBloom and that the disclosure and transfer of data will be for a legitimate purpose,” wrote Justice Thomas A. Breslin in a decisiondated Feb. 5.

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