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United States Privacy Digest | Students' personal information found on the dark web, and more education privacy news Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Oct. 15, 2021

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  • NBC News reports its analysis of school files posted on hackers’ websites found files containing children’s personal information, including medical conditions and identifying data like Social Security numbers and birthdates.
  • A bill currently before Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Education would update the state’s statute on student data privacy in K-12 schools, GBH News reports. The proposed bill would limit the ways online service vendors could use, share, sell or rent student data.
  • The 74 reports on the use of student-monitoring program Gaggle over the course of six months in Minneapolis public schools. Data from 1,300 incident reports highlighted digital surveillance of students outside of class, including nights, weekends, holidays and over the summer, with a quarter of incidents taking place during school hours. The program accessed student assignments and personal files, including emails and chat messages. Future of Privacy Forum’s Director of Youth and Education Privacy Amelia Vance said such surveillance is “likely to undercut the trust of students.”
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