"Protecting Student Privacy Act" Introduced Today

Statement from Jim Steyer

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the "Protecting Student Privacy Act", legislation that would help safeguard the educational records of students. A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.

Common Sense Media Founder and CEO Jim Steyer released the following statement in response to this important new legislation:

"Common Sense Media commends today's bipartisan effort to update the primary federal education privacy law for the digital age. This legislative proposal is a step forward for fostering student privacy while permitting ed tech innovation.

Schools are increasingly using technology in the classroom and in the school office for a variety of educational and administrative functions, and collecting massive amounts of sensitive student data, from test scores and assignments to disciplinary and demographic records. We share the bill's goal of strengthening the law to help ensure that schools and the private ed tech companies they work with protect students' personal information and have appropriate practices for data security, use, destruction, and parental access.

Student privacy is a critical and complex topic, and we look forward to working with Senators Markey and Hatch and other stakeholders to ensure that sensitive student data is safeguarded and used appropriately, so educators can harness technology to enrich students' learning without compromising their sensitive personal information."