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Strong Support for New California Bill to Protect Students' Personal Data

A new bill introduced Thursday calls for the protection of students' personal information, a potential game changer for the $8 billion ed tech industry.

Yesterday, the New York Times featured an article about new California state legislation that would create privacy and security protection of personal information of students in elementary through high school. The bill would prohibit education-related websites, online services and mobile apps for grades K-12 from compiling, using or sharing the personal information of those students in California for any reason other than what the school intended or for product maintenance.

"We don't want to limit the legitimate use of students' data by schools or teachers," Senator Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat who is the sponsor of the bill and the president pro tempore of the California Senate, said in a phone interview. "We just think the public policy of California should be that the information you gather from students should be used for their educational benefit and for nothing else."

Student privacy protection is at the core of Common Sense Media's mission. "This isn't going to prevent ed tech companies from doing business. It's a very good market," said CEO Jim Steyer. "But it is going to prevent companies from using software as a Trojan horse to gain access to student data for marketing purposes."

Read the full New York Times article here.

Common Sense Media has several initiatives in the works for protecting students' privacy. From support of the "Eraser Button" law for children, to the upcoming School Privacy Zone summit with the Secretary of Education, we're at the forefront of protecting students' privacy in schools.

Join the conversation Monday, February 24th, from 9:00am PST to 12:30pm PST using #SchoolPrivacyZone.

Audrey Stokes
Audrey manages education products at Common Sense Media. She has been at Common Sense Media for four years, and has overseen the marketing outreach to the educator community, including development of all educator social channels, website content, and newsletters. She received her degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University.