The price of getting information about your child’s school should not be losing your privacy to online ad brokers.
Both federal policies – FERPA and COPPA – presume that schools have the resources and knowledge to assess their own data security practices, to say nothing of their vendors. Emerging evidence says otherwise.
Both FERPA and the COPPA Rule presume that schools have the resources and knowledge to assess their own data security practices, to say nothing of that of their vendors. Emerging evidence suggests that this presumption should be challenged. The FTC and ED can take affirmative action to improve the security with which schools and their vendors treat student data.
Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students. Even if they are correct about the current state of affairs – and they just might be – it doesn’t abdicate our responsibility to help schools and educators do better.