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Study: Schools Increasingly Outsourcing Student-Data Collection, Neglecting Safety

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

December 13, 2013

Public schools are using web-based services to collect and analyze personal details about students but aren’t providing the necessary safeguards. That’s according to a new study to be released today by the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, The New York Times reports. The study looked at the contracts school districts sign to outsource such analytics. Many of the contracts “failed to list the type of information collected” and others “did not prohibit vendors from selling personal details—like names, contact information or health status—or using that information for marketing purposes,” the report states. Meanwhile, EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC aimed at protecting student data. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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