FTC, Department of Education Announce Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology
Parents have no idea what is being collected on their children, how long it is stored, if/when it is ever purged, who has access to it, who it's sold or given to (college admissions officers? potential employers? corporations looking to market products at kids?). It is combined with data from other agencies in order to create a single profile of every child. Schools are not required to abide by HIPAA protections, so any medical data collected via in-school health screenings, IEPs, 504s, etc., are unprotected by FERPA. 1. ANY software used by any school personnel require affirmative consent of parents/custodians. That is certainly NOT happening today. 2. Parents should be allowed to opt their children out of any online assessments, including mandated standardized testing. Research has shown hardware/software to be a barrier for many students; the same assessment given on paper will yield higher average scores. 3. Parents should be informed of any and all data collected by schools and given the opportunity to see any such data upon request at no charge. Parents should be able to correct incorrect data and/or demand that any data collected be deleted entirely. 4. FERPA has been gutted by the Department of Education via regulation. Please restore it to its pre-2011 state. Data collection by government and for-profit corporations is accelerating toward an Orwellian state at a frightening rate. By the time people realize what is going on, it will be too late. Our privacy and our children's privacy will be a thing of the past. It needs to stop. Now.