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House Committee Hears about Student Privacy

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

April 16, 2010

The topic of student privacy came up this week at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing about the longitudinal data systems used to track the academic progress of schoolchildren. Joel Reidenberg of the Fordham University School of Law warned that many state data systems lack the privacy safeguards necessary for protecting students' data and lack "clear legal limitations on the purpose for which data could be accessed and used." After the hearing, committee member Rep. John Kline (R-MN) said, "Efforts to expand data collection and standardize student tracking systems should not even be considered when weaknesses in the security of current data systems remain in question."
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