U.S. Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) want to prohibit companies from sharing students’ personal data when advertising their products or services, PC World reports. The senators’ proposal would regulate the use of student data by private companies and require organizations that store student data to implement safeguards. The draft proposal, called the Protecting Student Privacy Act, follows complaints by advocates that the provisions within the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 are weakened by schools’ outsourcing of data processing.
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