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Judge Dismisses EPIC’s Suit on Expanded Data Access

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

February 7, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) lacks standing to challenge the expansion of access of information to public school students’ data, Courthouse News Service. EPIC sued the U.S. Department of Education under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act “claiming the government exceeded its statutory capabilities by changing the definitions of key terms within the law,” the report states. Meanwhile, Fordham law Prof. Joel Reidenberg said recently that outsourcing, lack of transparency, vague contracts, outdated laws and new pushes for data analytics are to blame for the current risk to student privacy.
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