San Francisco, CA - Today Common Sense Media CEO and founder James Steyer issued the following statement in response to new research from the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School that shows school districts' current practices around collecting and sharing students' data when using cloud computing services subject students' personal information to risk for abuse.
"This important new research shows that the privacy of students is in jeopardy. There are very few policies in place to protect students and their families and it is clear that if we don't act now, students and families could easily be taken advantage of. Classrooms should be places where the privacy rights of students and families are strictly protected. The current policies in place to protect student privacy are scattered and woefully inadequate overall. Our nation's schools are wisely embracing the vast potential of educational technology to enhance and personalize student learning, and at the same time, we need national standards and safeguards on how student data and sensitive information is protected by both school districts and industry alike.
In October 2013, Common Sense Media launched a School Privacy Zone campaign based on three fundamental principles:
1. Students' personal information shall be used solely for educational purposes;
2. Students' personal information or online activity shall not be used to target advertising to students or families; and
3. Schools and education technology providers shall adopt appropriate data security, retention and destruction policies.
This coming February, Common Sense Media will convene key stakeholders and policymakers, including the Secretary of Education, for a summit on supporting connected classrooms that respect and safeguard student privacy.
To learn more about the campaign or to set up an interview with Jim Steyer, contact Crista Sumanik at 415-553-6780 or email@example.com.
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