Statement From Jim Steyer on draft "Protecting Student Privacy Act"

Common Sense CEO James Steyer's statement

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO -- Common Sense Media Founder and CEO Jim Steyer released the following statement in response to a new discussion draft of legislation from Senator Edward J. Markey and Senator Orrin Hatch that would bolster student privacy:

"Common Sense Media applauds Senator Markey for his steadfast leadership in protecting children's privacy and Senator Hatch for his support of this bipartisan effort to strengthen federal laws protecting students' sensitive information.

This legislative proposal would help clarify the rules of the road when schools share student data with private companies, and help ensure students' personal and sensitive information is safeguarded and not exploited for advertising or marketing purposes. The proposal would also clarify parents' rights to access and correct their children's records when they are stored by private companies, just like when they are held by schools.

We look forward to continuing the national conversation about student privacy and working with these Senate leaders to ensure that the school zone is a privacy zone."


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