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December 06, 2017

Facebook's New Messaging App for Young Children Raises Concerns

"Messenger Kids" will let children video chat with parent-approved contacts, but the app is raising concerns about data-privacy and social-media use by young children.

November 29, 2017

U.S. House Hearing on Algorithms & Big Data: 5 Takeaways for Schools

Massive data collection and algorithmic bias are big concerns with no easy answers, experts told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

August 10, 2017

Risky Practices With Students' Data Security Are Common, Survey Suggests

Over two-thirds of participants responded to survey questions in a way indicating that they could have exposed students' or employees' personally identifiable information.

July 28, 2017

The FTC on COPPA: 5 New Takeaways for Schools and Ed-Tech Companies

The Federal Trade Commission provided Education Week with new information about what the Children's Online Privacy Protection Acts means for schools and ed-tech companies.

June 30, 2017

Maryland Dad Wants June 30 to Be "National Student Data Deletion Day"

Schools should automatically delete a wide range of "superfluous" student information at the end of each school year, says digital-privacy lawyer Bradley Shear.

June 19, 2017

Worried About Hackers? Call a Girl Scout

The Girl Scouts of the USA will introduce badges for online safety, combatting cyberbullying, and advanced IT skills beginning in Summer 2018.

June 08, 2017

Updated Privacy Toolkit Offers Guidance on Federal Laws, Vendor Contracts

The toolkit from the Consortium for School Networking provides further explanation of federal privacy laws and offers guidance in communicating and contracting with vendors.

May 16, 2017

Popular Ed-Tech Platform Edmodo Hacked, Faulted for Ad-Tracking

Motherboard reported that millions of Edmodo user records were for sale on the dark web. The company has removed code that tracked student and teacher activity.

May 16, 2017

New Student Data Privacy Toolkit Encourages Parent Advocacy

The toolkit, released by the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, identifies best practices for schools and districts.

April 18, 2017

Privacy Watchdog Raises Alarms About "Spying" on Students Via Ed Tech

Results from an unscientific survey by the Electronic Frontier Foundation suggest parents and students are worried about surveillance in schools.

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