Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Signs Student Privacy Legislation

Statement from Jim Steyer, Common Sense CEO and Founder

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jim Steyer, Common Sense CEO and Founder, released the following statement regarding Oregon Student Privacy Bill SB187A:

"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 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 students' privacy interests, including one that would have allowed for consent from students as young as 12 to dictate how student personal information collected in the classroom could be shared by third party vendors.

Oregon students, families, and educators deserve a trusted online environment, so they can use innovative new digital learning tools with confidence, and without fear that their personal information will be exploited or fall into the wrong hands."

About Common Sense Kids Action
Common Sense Kids Action is an independent, non-partisan and powerful voice whose mission is to make kids and education America's top priority. Common Sense Kids Action works with national and state leaders to advance policies that help ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century. Common Sense Kids Action has committed to advancing a 21stCentury Kids and Education agenda—an agenda that includes ensuring that all children 0-5 have access to vital health and education resources, advancing 21st century learning, alleviating the damaging effects of poverty, and protecting children's online privacy. Learn more at the Common Sense Kids Action website.