Data-driven innovations and the use of new technologies are bringing advances in teaching and learning but area also generating concerns about how student data is collected and used. FPF has produced a legal and policy analysis of benefits and risks of technology and data in schools, and is working with stakeholders on efforts to ensure responsible practices.
Our Key Education Projects include:
A compilation of education privacy resources and tools with sections aimed at parents/students, schools, service providers and policymakers. We are aggregating many of the resources already made available by the Department of Education, as well as other organizations such as DQC, COSN, COSA, Fordham, Berkman, and SIIA. We are creating resources where there are gaps. Contact us to get involved.
Quick Tips for Education Service Providers
Small players continue to trip up on obvious issues, so we are creating top tips for them…do not say you can update your policy at any time, do not disavow responsibility for third party cookies, etc. This will be posted on the “Service Providers” page of FERPA|SHERPA.
Academic and Policy Papers
We have collaborated with Data Quality Campaign on a paper called, “Student Data: Trust, Transparency, and the Role of Consent.” We have also produced an 80-page law review article, “The Ethics of Student Data Privacy: Building Trust in Ed Tech,” which was published in a special education issue of International Review of Information Ethics. Upcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review is a paper in cooperation with Omer Tene of IAPP: Who Is Reading Whom Now: Privacy in Education from Books to MOOCs. This paper shows the need to clearly distinguish privacy-specific questions from broader educational topics such as Common Core, and standarization.
Pledge to Parents and Students
We are working with Congressman Polis and Meser on a bipartisan effort involving industry leaders, parents and teachers to come together around a set of effective and appropriate expectations and commitments on data privacy in schools.
Mapping Student Data Ecosystem
Produce a visual of where student data is produced, used, and shared in the education ecosystem with a focus on the various companies in this space and the type of data they are using.