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Senators Unveil New Student Data Protection Bills

Two bills specifically designed to protect private student information were unveiled in the U.S. Senate last week.


The first, introduced by Senators Hatch (R-Utah) and Markey (D-Mass.), reintroduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) to ensure greater protection of student data. 

The second, a student data privacy bill introduced by Senator Vitter (R-Louisiana), referred to as the Student Privacy Protection Act, would (i) “reinstate protections originally outlined under [FERPA] by clarifying who can access student data and what information is accessible,” (ii) “require educational agencies to gain prior consent from students or parents and implement measures to ensure records remain private,” and (iii) hold liable through monetary fines “any educational agency, school, or third party that fails to get consent.” 

In support of his bill, Senator Vitter stated that “parents are right to feel betrayed when schools collect and release information about their kids.  This is real, sensitive information—and it doesn’t belong to some bureaucrat in Washington D.C.  We need to make sure that parents and students have complete control over their own information.”

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Pew Study Finds Americans Value Privacy, Distrust Government, Tech Firms

According to a Pew study, americans greatly value privacy — they just have little confidence it’s being protected.

Interestingly, despite the pervasive privacy concerns showcased in the survey, the research reveals that few respondents are taking advanced, technical steps to ensure their data security. Only 1 in 10 said they encrypt their calls, texts, or email, and even fewer said they use software tools to cloak their activity on the web.

Read full brief here

Another student privacy bill introduced in Senate

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act, a bill which gives parents and students control of student data. 

The bill's main points include a clear understanding of who has the rights to student data, a parental consent process for third parties who want access to student data, an extension of FERPA to protect homeschooled students, and a ban on personal identifiers being included in a student's file.

Vitter's bill follows a number of other student privacy bills introduced in both houses of Congress in recent months. 

Read full brief here 

Parents weigh in on the digital classroom

In a national, online survey of parents of kids in grades 3 through 12 conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide, "Parents' Attitudes Toward Educational Technology," we found parents feel good about the growing use of technology in education, and most think it is improving the quality of education for their children.

Most parents — 51 percent — think schools are spending the right amount of money on technology in the classroom. About four out of 10 parents would like to see schools spend more. 

But parents also worry about their child's private information. Seventy-nine percent say they are at least somewhat, very or extremely concerned about the security and privacy of their child’s data. About three-fourths of parents worry about advertisers' access to their children, and the same amount — 72 percent — are concerned their child will find inappropriate content online.

In spite of these worries, parents remain very positive about the potential of the digital classroom. More than 71 percent of parents report technology has improved the “overall quality of education” for their child.

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Survey finds few IT pros have knowledge of cloud-data security

Getting Lost in the Cloud? [Infographic]


More than half of IT professionals interviewed say they don't have a full grasp on how their data is protected in the cloud or where it is stored. 

A Perspecsys survey found that more than half (57 percent) of IT professionals said they struggle to see a complete picture of where their organization's sensitive data lives. Perhaps more alarming, 48 percent of the respondents said they don’t have a lot of faith in their cloud providers to protect their data. And because of regulatory compliance and security concerns, cloud adoption is inhibited.

See infographic here 

Ed Organizations Find Common Ground on Federal Role to Protect Student Privacy

Last week a coalition of 18 organizations released a paper recognizing the critical role of the federal government in creating the conditions and supports for the safe and effective use of student data. The paper highlights the developments in education and its use of data and online services in recent years and identifies three areas where the federal government is uniquely positioned to provide supports and guidance to states and districts:

  • Ensuring federal laws provide a strong foundation to protect student information.
  • Ensuring the federal government coordinates across agencies to provide clarity as to how privacy laws work together.
  • Supporting state and local capacity to safeguard data. 

Education Framework Selected as Top 10 Finalist in Innovation Incubator Program


Education Framework Selected as Top 10 Finalist in Innovation Incubator Program

Company Touts Product’s Ability to Become Industry Standard

 

May 5, 2015 Bend, OR – Education Framework Inc. has been selected by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a top 10 finalist in the 2015 Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator program. Education Framework showcased their student data privacy solution, EdProtect, at the Education Industry Summit: Navigating the New, May 4 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Awards will be presented today to the “Most Innovative” and the “Most Likely to Succeed” based on the votes of conference attendees.

Over fifty applicants were assessed for the 2015 Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria, including the level of originality and innovation, representation of K-12 / post-secondary market levels, end user impact and market need for the innovation.

“Our finalists have developed innovative solutions that truly address the changing needs of K-20 students, educators, and administrators,” said Karen Billings, vice president of SIIA's Education Division.

Education Framework develops enterprise software that protects student privacy. Their cloud-based software solution, EdProtect, is the first-ever online student data privacy manager. It assesses the privacy of apps and websites used in the classroom, connects parents, teachers, and administrators, and monitors the entire student data privacy workflow with transparency and accountability.

“The magic of EdProtect is that it takes the guesswork out of managing student privacy,” says Jim Onstad, President and Co-Founder of Education Framework. “Teachers and administrators now have a way to quickly determine the safety rating of apps and websites, obtain parental consent (when necessary), and track the apps and websites that are used in the classroom.”

EdProtect is a bundled solution that blends student privacy and digital signatures for a powerful all-in-one package that streamlines the student privacy management process.  

“We like to think of it as a smarter way to handle student privacy,” says Onstad. “With safety, simplicity and sustainability in mind, EdProtect is poised to become the industry standard for privacy management in U.S. K-12 schools.” 

Adding “Student privacy is a big issue with real-life consequence. We understand the depth and complexity of the issue and want to help schools get out in front of it.”


Read more about EdProtect here 

Read more about SIIA’s Innovation Incubator Finalists here 

 

About Education Framework Inc.: Education Framework is an Ed Tech start-up, based in Bend, OR. The company develops enterprise software that manages student data privacy for K-12 schools. EdProtect offers a unique next-gen strategic approach that ensures transparency and accountability in managing student privacy. Education Framework can scale from small schools and districts to state departments of education. For more information, visit www.educationframework.com.

 

About SIIA: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 150 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

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