January 30, 2019 5:15 pm

Report Grades States On Student Data Privacy Protection

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by Peter Greene

A new report from The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Network for Public Education (of which I am a member) takes a state by state look at that protection. The 2019 State Student Privacy Report Card takes a look at seven categories and scores each state, then averages those scores for an overall grade. The picture is not pretty; no state earned an A, and 28 states failed with either a D or an F. The report card looks primarily at 99 laws passed in the last five years, considering their thoroughness and quality. Those covered a wide range, from those based on California’s landmark Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) that addressed issues such as targeted advertising to laws that regulate school access to students’ social media accounts. Eleven states were found to have no student data privacy laws at all.

To read more of Peter Greene’s piece in Forbes, click here.