Sheila Kaplan, independent education and information policy researcher, student rights advocate and EPIC advisory board member, has written a model bill that would install chief privacy officers in state Departments of Education (DoEs). In this Privacy Tracker blog post, Kaplan outlines the problems she sees with FERPA, the risks of not adequately protecting data held by DoEs and why tackling this problem at the state level makes sense. “Students deserve a true advocate for their rights in a data-driven environment that often places profit and corporate interests above the privacy rights of children and their families. Those who bear responsibility for student records need a reliable resource to help them manage their obligations,” writes Kaplan. (IAPP member login required.)
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