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DoE Focused on Protecting Schools' Data


October 7, 2011

SC Magazine reports on efforts by the Department of Education (DoE) to safeguard the privacy of approximately 55 million students as tens of thousands of schools hold such information as their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, health data, staff notes, discipline records and academic standing. The DoE's new CPO, Kathleen Styles, who leads the Privacy Information and Records Management Services division, points out that the focus on privacy is needed amidst an "explosion of information about students" and the digitization of student data, adding, "The challenge is how to use that information to improve education and increase accountability, while still preserving privacy protections for our children."
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