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Delaware Policymakers Meet to Discuss Implementation of Student Data Privacy Protection Act

Learn how Delaware is creating a more trusted online world for our kids.

The right to individual privacy is alive and well in the state of Delaware. With the passage of Senate Bill 79 in August of 2015, lawmakers in the First State showed they understand the protections needed to ensure the privacy and security of students' personal and academic data in 21st-century classrooms.

Democrats and Republicans came together to protect the private information of Delaware students. Delaware's action is a major step forward in creating a trusted online learning environment for our kids and a reminder to the education technology industry that school data is for educational purposes.

Notably, SB 79 also is carefully drafted to help foster research and innovation, so industry may improve educational products and provide customized and digital learning for students.

We applaud Attorney General Matt Denn, Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow), Rep. Michael Ramone (R-Middle Run Valley), and especially Sen. David Sokola (D-Newark), the bill's primary sponsor in the General Assembly, for making student-data privacy a top priority in Delaware. The bill is based on a landmark California law, the Student Online Privacy and Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), and follows the lead of legislators in 12 states in 2015 that have introduced SOPIPA-like legislation.

You can read about the steps being taken by the Student Data Privacy Taskforce in this recent article from Delaware Public Media.

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JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.