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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Signs Student Privacy Legislation into Law, but More Remains to Be Done in 2016
As we embrace new education technology in our schools and classrooms, we must ensure that students' personal information is protected, secure, and used only for educational purposes.
To their credit, Oregon lawmakers, the state attorney general, and the governor have worked hard to address student privacy, an issue that is clearly of great importance to parents and schools across the country in our increasingly digital world. But we have more work to do to protect student privacy in Oregon, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with Oregon lawmakers in 2016 to strengthen OSIPA.
Common Sense Kids Action and other advocates were able to stave off some special-interest amendments that would have harmed student privacy, including one that would have allowed for consent from students as young as 12 to dictate how their personal information, collected in the classroom, could be shared by third-party vendors.
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.
Oregon students, families, and educators deserve a trusted online environment so they can use innovative and new digital-learning tools with confidence and without fear that their personal information will be exploited or fall into the wrong hands.