A federal appeals court has tossed out a lawsuit filed against ACT Inc. and the College Board over the sale of test-takers’ personal information.
The information can include a test-taker’s name, address, gender, high school, email address, racial or ethnic background, and intended college major. Buyers include higher education institutions, scholarship organizations, and the military.
Four test-takers who evidently checked “yes” for the disclosure of their information filed the suit, which cited various claims, including deceptive business practices, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and unjust enrichment.
The appeals court found that the test-takers had no case because they had suffered no legal injuries.
A version of this article appeared in the December 02, 2015 edition of Education Week as Appeals Court Rejects Suit Over Sale of Student Data