By Allie Gross | Education Dive
Last week, California made made headlines for a bill that, if passed, could become the nation's most restrictive student data law. Under the bill, which is waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's stamp of approval, there are three components: First, educational sites, apps, and cloud services within schools are prohibited from selling or disclosing personal information about K-12 students. Second, these groups can't use the data for marketing services. Lastly, they are prohibited from creating files on that data.
Despite the fact that the selling and marketing use of student data is already prohibited under FERPA and COPPA, fears remain among parents that it — despite the benefits to schools — could be leaked or used for less-than-desirable purposes. And that concern has become valuable political currency, as well. - Read More