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May 15, 2015

FERPA Targeted (Again) in Two U.S. Senate Bills

A modest update and a radical makeover for the country's most significant current federal data-privacy law were proposed in the U.S. Senate this week.

May 06, 2015

Digital Content Provider EdX Settles With DOJ After Allegations of Inaccessibility

An online learning organization has entered into a settlement agreement after a Department of Justice review concludes that the provider's digital content and website are not accessible for students with disabilities.

May 05, 2015

'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate's ESEA Draft

Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Tammy Baldwin support the inclusion of an amendment to the ESEA that would encourage the use of "open educational resources."

May 01, 2015

Parents' Guide to Student Data-Privacy Policy Released by Advocacy Group

Future of Privacy Forum released a new guide to help parents better understand current student-data-privacy laws and their rights when it comes to their child's education information.

April 30, 2015

White House Unveils New ConnectED Effort Focused on Library Access, Content

President Obama announced new ConnectED initiatives to provide $250 million in free e-books to students and meant to give all students in 30 communities a library card.

April 29, 2015

Messer-Polis Data-Privacy Bill Endorsed by Educator Groups; Industry Wary

Changes to the new Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act have won over some educator groups, but raised concerns from the ed-tech industry.

April 28, 2015

New Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Targets Loopholes

A revamped federal student-data-privacy bill would cover more student information, allow fewer uses of that data, and impose new requirements on ed-tech vendors.

April 20, 2015

Ed-Tech Groups Give Thumbs Up to K-12 Tech Amendment in ESEA Rewrite

Although it's just a first step, bipartisan support for the "I-TECH" amendment by the Senate Education Committee is seen as positive by ed-tech advocates.

April 09, 2015

Student-Data-Privacy Protections Fall Short, Researchers Contend

Lawmakers and policymakers should expand the scope of student data that is protected and require more of ed-tech vendors, argues a new report from NEPC.

April 07, 2015

Major FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House

A draft overhaul of FERPA would ban the use of students' educational records for marketing, allow companies to be fined, and expand parental opt-out rights.

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