New State Laws Reveal a Shift in Thinking on Student Data Privacy

March 3, 2016

Key Takeaways for District Leaders

  • Student privacy is important for schools but state regulations are shifting from prohibition to governance.
  • States are shifting the responsibility for ensuring the proper use of student data from school districts to service providers.
  • Laws like SOPIPA can help prevent companies from using student data for marketing purposes but district leaders should still look for vendors with a track record of protecting student privacy.
  • The Student Privacy Pledge is one way vendors can help districts know more about their commitment to student data privacy.

While U.S. states continue to focus on how best to ensure the privacy of student information in the digital age, a new analysis by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) suggests the focus of this conversation is shifting in ways that have important implications for K-12 schools.

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Topics: Superintendents, Privacy, CTO, EdTech News and Info, California, Dennis Pierce