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Student Data Privacy: Is non-compliance worth the risk?

Student Data Privacy Awareness is Growing

As recently discussed at the 2019 ISTE Conference in Phila, Kim Nesmith, Louisiana Department of Education ed tech, pointed out that there have been rapid changes in technology nationwide, leading to different tools and solutions available to protect student data. At the same time, she said, hundreds of school safety bills and guidelines across safety commissions, boards, and state legislatures are being circulated, some of which push for increased student surveillance.

What Could Happen if You Don’t Comply?

What exactly are the consequences if you aren’t so diligent?  In Louisiana, there is a hefty financial penalty or prison time for anyone that collects personal student data and personally identifiable information (“PII”) since a student data privacy law passed there a few years ago. That makes things very challenging.  The upside is it creates an awareness of protecting students’ privacy and how important it really is but then the downside is facing an uphill climb when trying to manage information.  In this state, if you download an app or create an online account providing PII on a site, you are open to consequences.  Currently, Louisiana is the only state that has such harsh restriction Continue reading Student Data Privacy: Is non-compliance worth the risk?

Millions of Students Have No Home Internet Access

Not every family or student has access to the internet at home.

Are students and parents at a disadvantage due to communication barriers?

Let’s take a look: In 2015, the Pew Research Center analyzed data from studies on internet access and found that the problem is mainly in low-income families.  Among households with an annual income under $50,000, 31.4% don’t have broadband internet access. For households with an annual income of over $50,000, the number is much smaller—only 8.4% lack access to broadband internet.  In addition to lower-income families, it has been found that minority students are also at an internet ‘disadvantage’. Continue reading Millions of Students Have No Home Internet Access

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