FTC, Department of Education Announce Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology #00008

Submission Number:
00008
Commenter:
Bruce Friedman
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
FTC, Department of Education Announce Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology
Dear Sirs and Madams: I will save you some time and offer the cart before the horse. I challenge that the entire premise that you can "enhance learning through technology" is a lie. At the very least, invasive technologies and data mining are putting children's lives and privacy in danger. The ever expanding theft of personal data from all sources should have taught all of us by now that there is no such thing as a secure server. Security failures are reason enough to stop collecting huge volumes of data in electronic formats and to consider that local schools deciding and controlling the data to be collected run more safely and teach more efficiently than anything brought to us by the Department of Education. We demand that FERPA (Parent's rights) be restored! Furthermore, all data collection should be offered on an OPT-IN basis such that NO DATA would ever be collected without parental permission (beyond recording quarterly grades or disciplinary actions or honors for performance). Accordingly, no recorded data should ever be sold or given to any entity (Corporations/businesses/or other)-without written permission from each Parent. We implore you to do your best to protect our children and to help minimize the risks to all of us. Our children (and their data) are exactly that, OURS. They do not belong to "the Village." Please help us keep it this way. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Bruce Friedman concerned Parent Cc: Facebook-Congressman Lee Zeldin; Facebook-NYPIE (NY Parents Involved in Education)