Education Framework Blog

Focused on the Future of Education in America

Student Privacy Bill Passes OR House Over Objections by Tech Giants

Lawmakers in the Oregon House approved a bill Wednesday that tightens online privacy protections for students. It passed 53-4, with Reps. Jodi Hack, R-Salem; Julie Parrish, R-Tualatin; Bill Post, R-Keizer; and Mike Nearman, R-Dallas, voting “no.”

The bill was approved by the Oregon Senate in April, but ran into opposition in the House after lobbying by technology giants like Facebook and Amazon. The companies pushed for an amendment to SB 187A that would have given parents the chance to opt-in to sharing more student data. Lobbyist group TechNet said they didn’t want the data to sell products to students.

Privacy bill supporter Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the tech companies’ amendment could have put student information at risk.

The bill had the support of the teachers’ union, school boards, the Oregon Parent Teachers Association and the ACLU, and now heads to Governor Kate Brown.

Read full article here.