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In the Digital Age, Data Collection Prompts Concerns

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

February 28, 2013

InformationWeek looks at the privacy risks that have proliferated as data collection and analysis in education grows. Advocacy organizations have expressed concerns that “a number of data-sharing initiatives violate student and teacher privacy,” the report states. Others worry about the security of the vast amount of data being aggregated because the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, which regulates the use of student data, was created before digital advances such as e-mail and cloud computing. Questions persist in student data-gathering initiatives such as who owns the data and who has access to it.
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