Millions of UK children potentially exposed in government database hack

(Jan 23, 2020) ZDNet reports the U.K. government has uncovered improper access to a database containing the personal information of 28 million children. An investigation began after betting companies inappropriately received some personal records from the Learning Records Service database. While its unknown how many children were exposed, the database held the names, ages and physical addresses of kids ages 14 and up. The Department of Education cut off access to the database after discovering the breach.Full ... Read More

Colleges using smartphones to track students

(Jan 2, 2020) Colleges are using smartphones and technology to track the location, academic performance and mental health of hundreds of thousands of students, The Washington Post reports. Professors and education advocates say the intrusive surveillance breaches students’ privacy. Some students said while they don’t mind a system that keeps them on track, they also did not realize how much data is being collected on their movements. Meanwhile, more than 150 colleges are encouraging incoming freshmen to downl... Read More

College Board sued for alleged student data sales

(Dec 17, 2019) A lawsuit has been brought against College Board over claims that it sold the data of more than 5 million students, EdScoop reports. According to a filing at the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, nonprofit exam developer and administrator allegedly collected and sold student data from its Student Search Survey without obtaining consent for either action. "Between (Sept.) 1, 2016 through the present, Defendant College Board charged between $0.42 and $0.47 per student name ... Read More

680K affected by Indian edtech firm breach

(Nov 4, 2019) The Economic Times reports education technology company Vedantu was hit by a data breach affecting 680,000 customers across India. Names, phone numbers, email addresses and IP addresses were among the information exposed in the breach, which reportedly occurred at the end of September. Vedantu Co-Founder Vamsi Krishna said his company alerted customers within days of the breach and suggested they replace passwords.Full Story... Read More

School use of student tracking apps raising privacy concerns

(Oct 30, 2019) School use of software programs to track students is raising privacy concerns, The Washington Post reports. “Hundreds of applications, big and small, are being used at schools across the country to do everything from track homework to modify behavior. They can collect data about intelligence, disciplinary issues, personalities and schedules,” according to the report. Head of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy Leonie Haimson said parents “are upset about the lack of privacy involved” and ho... Read More

CNIL bans high schools' facial-recognition programs

(Oct 29, 2019) The French data protection authority, the CNIL, announced it has ordered high schools in Nice and Marseille to end their facial-recognition programs. Following a review, the CNIL found the schools' deployment of the software was not in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation's principles on proportionality and data minimization. It was concluded that the goals the facial-recognition program would help reach could "be achieved by much less intrusive means in terms of privacy and indiv... Read More

Computer monitoring raises privacy concerns in Alaskan school

(Oct 21, 2019) A computer-monitoring program launched in an Alaskan school district is raising concerns over student privacy and data collection, The Associated Press reports. The software monitors for dangerous content, including potential school shooters, self-harm and cyberbullying, school district officials said. Some students believe the lack of an opt-out option infringes on their rights, and parents have expressed concern over who views the system’s alerts and data. Meanwhile, students in a Pennsylvania... Read More

Colleges are tracking prospective students' personal data

(Oct 15, 2019) College admission offices rank prospective students before they apply by tracking their personal data, including web browsing habits and financial history, according to records reviewed by The Washington Post. The report found at least "44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students ... to measure each student’s likelihood of enrolling." These actions have raised concerns schools are not obtaining... Read More

Op-ed: A pitch to keep US children's privacy strong

(Oct 11, 2019) The New York Times editorial board wrote an op-ed making a case for U.S. regulators to uphold strong children's privacy laws. The board wrote the Federal Trade Commission has "an unusual opportunity" to "choose to study the issue in greater depth and ultimately make privacy protections stronger" as it reviews the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. However, they also wrote on why there's reason to be concerned the FTC won't make substantial changes that protect kids against the ever-growin... Read More

French region awaits CNIL opinion on facial recognition at high schools

(Sep 27, 2019) The South Region of France awaits an opinion from the country's data protection authority, the CNIL, on its plans to install facial-recognition cameras at the entrances of two high schools, Politico reports. The regional body approved the plan in December 2018 to put the cameras in front of schools in Nice and Marseille. The technology will be provided by tech company Cisco. “The biometric profiles of each student who will have given their consent will be kept temporarily on a database inside th... Read More