FTC, Department of Education Announce Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology
TO READ AND UNDERSTAND FERPA AND COPPA ONE WOULD NEED A HARVARD LAW DEGREE. HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE LIES: To protect your child's privacy, schools are GENERALLY(emphasis mine) prohibited from disclosing personally identifiable information about your child without your written consent. GENERALLY IS VERY AMBIGUOUS. IT MEANS, NOTHING WE HAVE STATED IS RELEVANT AND THEREFORE LIABILITY PROOF. Directory information COULD(emphasis mine) include:... COULD IS PRETTY AMBIGUOUS. HERE'S A DANDY DOUBLESPEAK: A school may disclose directory information to anyone, without consent, if it has given parents: general notice of the information it has designated as "directory information;" the right to opt out of these disclosures; and the PERIOD OF TIME(emphasis mine) they have to notify the school of their desire to opt out. WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE PERIOD OF TIME??? WHO DETERMINES THAT PERIOD OF TIME?? AND COPPA? WORTHLESS!! HOW WOULD ANY PARENT PROVE THAT DATA WAS STOLEN OR TRADED ON THE INTERNET? EVERY CHILD HAS A PIN AND ALL THE DATA STAYS WITH THAT PIN. BUT VENDORS AND THIRD PARTIES COULD READILY CHANGE OR COPY PIN CODES TO STEAL DATA. IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY OF I-TECH SPECIALISTS TO CHASE DOWN THE OFFENDERS. HERE IS A SOLUTION--GET THE USDOE OUT OF EDUCATION, PERIOD.