Online Learning Update

May 25, 2014

Federal Student Privacy Legislation Opens Up for Public Discussion

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Center for Digital Ed

After months of talk about updates to federal student privacy legislation, senators Edward J. Markey and Orrin Hatch have published draft federal legislation that’s open for public comment. The proposed update to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was announced on Wednesday, May 14, and focuses on shoring up student data privacy loopholes that third-party technology companies could exploit. The draft legislation places restrictions on how third-party companies can collect, use and store student data. It also holds school districts even more accountable for keeping student data private. In addition, the senators give parents more rights when it comes to knowing what student data schools are collecting and who is able to access it. The language outlines steps that parents can take to request access to information, correct inaccurate or misleading information, and see which private companies can view the information.

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