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Lawmakers Examining SAT, ACT Privacy

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

May 27, 2011

Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are asking the nonprofits behind the standardized SAT and ACT tests about their disclosure and privacy policies, Bloomberg reports, as both the College Board and ACT, Inc., collect data from teens registering for the tests and then sell that information to colleges. The College Board's database includes 5.1 million student names, while ACT has a database of 2.4 million high school students, the report states. "There should be some kind of regulatory control over what even a nonprofit can be culling from students," one privacy expert said, noting elements of the collection "read as less than voluntary because these tests are usually required to get into college."
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