The New York Times reports on classroom technology for students and teachers and the apparent industry-wide gap in data security and privacy protection. One software engineer with two kids in elementary school said, “A lot of education sites have glaring security problems,” adding, “A big part of the problem is that there’s not even any consensus of what ‘good security’ means for an educational website or app.” After reviewing nearly 20 education technology products, the software engineer found other potential privacy vulnerabilities, including in districts’ social networks, classroom assessment programs and learning apps. Meanwhile, Fordham University, under the direction of Prof. Joel Reidenberg, has released a new resource called Privacy Handbook for Student Information Online: A Toolkit for Schools and Parents to help school districts address privacy issues. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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