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Parents, Advocates in NY, Lawmaker in AZ Concerned

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

March 25, 2013

The Village Voice reports on concerns about a New York initiative to make students’ personal information—including disciplinary and attendance records as well as testing information, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates—available to third parties. “The New York State Education Department says that districts have been sharing this kind of information for nearly a decade and that the new initiative simply enables that data to be shared in a safer, more efficient fashion,” the report states. One councilman has responded, “Our children are not commodities. They are not something to be bought and sold on the market place.” Meanwhile, an Arizona state senator wants state-level penalties created for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act violations.
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