Online Learning Update

September 22, 2019

A Syllabus for Regulating Student Data Privacy?

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

Emily Bruemmer, Megan Siekkinen, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP – JDSupra

The start of the new school year is approaching and a number of education vendors have already received their homework assignments. U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) recently sent two letters—one to education technology companies (EdTech) and another to data brokers—expressing “concern about the vast amount of data being collected about our nation’s students” and posing a list of questions to which responses were requested by this past Tuesday (September 3). The letters reflect increased legislative concern over the amount of students’ sensitive personal data being retained and sold to third parties without the knowledge of either the students or their parents, particularly where such data is later used for targeted advertising.

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