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Tracking Systems in Almost Every State

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

September 17, 2010

The U.S. State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) have found that 44 states and the District of Columbia have student record systems in place collecting demographic and postsecondary enrollment data, AACRAO reports, with 39 states linking, sharing or exchanging data with other entities. Meanwhile, educators are opposing the collection of student Social Security numbers required by the Maine Department of Education. While schools are required to collect the information, some school officials are urging parents to exercise their option of not providing the data. When it comes to databases of student information, many advocates are concerned about the privacy implications and potential future uses of such repositories of personal information, the report states.
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