Student Privacy

President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Washington.
President Joe Biden speaks at the White House earlier this month.
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Education Funding Federal Rules in the Pipeline on COVID-19 Relief, Testing, Student Privacy
The Biden administration plans to issues rules governing coronavirus relief for homeless students and for private schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 22, 2021
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Classroom Technology Like Police Officers, Educators Have Been Caught on Camera Behaving Badly
Several recent incidents show how students and parents can use their cellphones to capture abusive or racist behavior by some educators.
Alyson Klein, June 2, 2021
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Privacy & Security Hackers Post 26,000 Broward School Files Online After District Doesn't Pay Ransom
Hackers who demanded up to $40 million from the Broward School District have now published nearly 26,000 files stolen from district servers.
Scott Travis, South Florida Sun Sentinel, April 20, 2021
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Privacy & Security Download Cyberattacks Are on the Rise. Here's How Schools Should Respond (Downloadable Guide)
When hackers disrupt a district's network, consequences can be wide-ranging, from unexpected costs to communication challenges.
Mark Lieberman & Gina Tomko, April 20, 2021
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Privacy & Security Teachers Are Watching Students' Screens During Remote Learning. Is That Invasion of Privacy?
The tools help teachers keep remote students on track and pinpoint who needs help. Some parents and students worry about over-surveillance.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 2, 2021
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Ed-Tech Policy New York Banned Facial Recognition in Schools. Will Other States Follow?
New York schools are prohibited from using the widely criticized biometric identifying technology until at least July 2022.
Mark Lieberman, December 30, 2020
3 min read
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Classroom Technology How Google Classroom Is Changing Teaching: Q&A With Researcher Carlo Perrotta
The popular software is bringing the “logics of datafication, automation, surveillance, and interoperability" to schools, researchers say.
Benjamin Herold, December 17, 2020
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Data Using Student Data to Identify Future Criminals: A Privacy Debacle
A police department uses sensitive school data to keep a secret list of students it deems as at risk of engaging in criminal behavior.
Mark Lieberman, November 24, 2020
8 min read
Classroom Technology As Teachers Livestream Classes, Privacy Issues Arise
When in-person classes are livestreamed to distance learners, every heated class debate, teacher mistake, and student outburst is on display and might be recorded.
Sarah Schwartz, August 20, 2020
8 min read
Privacy & Security School Reopenings Bring Wave of COVID-19 Student-Data-Privacy Concerns
Safely storing videos of classroom lessons and protecting sensitive health information will be a challenge.
Benjamin Herold, August 11, 2020
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Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
April 28, 2020
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Erin Honeycutt, the principal of Lamar Elementary School in Meridian, Miss., sets up a “Zoom” class for 1st through 5th graders to run an art lesson online.
Erin Honeycutt, the principal of Lamar Elementary School in Meridian, Miss., sets up a “Zoom” class for 1st through 5th graders to run an art lesson online.
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Privacy & Security Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools
Schools across the country are evaluating their use of the videoconferencing tool, some banning it and others trying to use it safely.
Mark Lieberman, April 3, 2020
9 min read
Privacy & Security Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns
An unprecedented number of online interactions between teachers and students from their respective homes introduce new privacy questions that lack easy answers.
Mark Lieberman, March 26, 2020
9 min read
Privacy & Security Using Amazon Echo, Google Home to Learn: Skill of the Future or Bad Idea?
The growing popularity of voice-activated technologies is forcing educators to think about the role such tools play in preparing students for the jobs of the future.
Mark Lieberman, February 4, 2020
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