With all this new tech in remote schooling, what are the privacy implications
Every week this fall, we're covering technology and education because Oh man are Monday mornings more complicated than they used to be one question we've gotten a lot is what all this tech means for privacy how much data is being collected about our kids and how it's being stored and used the good news is there are a lot of rules around that. At the federal level. There's the children's Online Privacy Protection Act Copa Furka the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and there are over. One hundred state laws dealing with student privacy bad news is not everyone knows about them. Amelia Vance's with a nonprofit future of Privacy Forum. It's pretty locked down. You had a lot of fears as ED tech was spreading and schools back in two thousand, fourteen, twenty, fifteen thousands of student privacy bills have been introduced, and so these bills ended up restricting companies from selling or sharing without consent or targeted advertising or really doing anything with student data that parents and policymakers wouldn't approve of. But there are still some tensions there about you know. When a company isn't for education and data share with it, they're not covered by these student privacy laws. It sounds like you're describing a system of laws that really could be effective assuming. Basically transparency and enforcement. So, do we have those two things I would say we're definitely. Not. Quite. Drowning but we're certainly inundated with student privacy laws and protections here. Most people don't know about them teachers. There was a great survey by common sense media a couple years ago. That said only twenty five percent of teachers had been trained on student privacy and many of the laws that have passed. Aren't necessarily passed down to the school district's who are supposed to enforce them. What do you worry about with respect to the data collection around kids? Where I get really worried is where there's weeks security in there might be data breaches. And these aren't sort of the data breaches that we often see reported where it's you know identity theft or something like that. Instead, we see the possibility of sensitive information about someone that they just don't want future employers, their future college or even their peers or other parents to know about things like disciplinary history health issues special education status. And we know from research that the number one thing that kids care about when it comes to privacy really is that inner personal privacy Keeping their business, their Business Amelia Dances with the nonprofit future of Privacy Forum.