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Action Alert: Oregon House Education Committee to hear amendments on OSIPA
Common Sense Kids Action opposes the industry-proposed amendments to Oregon Senate Bill 187, commonly known as the Oregon Student Information Protection Act (OSIPA).
Today, we stand with Oregon families and urge their leaders to do what's right and ensure our kids have the protection they deserve. When it comes to online school services, we need clear rules that bar inappropriate commercial, noneducational uses of student data outright, without creating cracks and loopholes. This helps create a trusted online environment where students, families, and educators can focus on learning rather than worry about commercial data mining.
Recommendation engines bring up similar concerns about the commercial, noneducational uses of student data. Industry leaders seek the ability to "recommend additional content or services to students related to educational, learning, or job opportunities" based on sensitive student information. It seems industry wants to look at past downloads, purchases, and other behavior and activity and then recommend products the algorithm thinks the user might like.
We at Common Sense Kids Action feel it's better for the educator to recommend what's best for a particular K–12 student -- not a computer algorithm attempting to sell or promote more products.
At the same time Common Sense Kids Action believes every child should have access to technology and the opportunity that access brings, we also believe that should not have to mean sacrificing privacy.