Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted written comments to members of the Minnesota House of Representatives in response to the pending student privacy bill, the Student Data Privacy Act (HF 1507). FPF expressed concerns about the proposed language of the bill, which would create conflicting requirements for schools and education technology companies, and likely cause unintended consequences for Minnesota schools and students. The primary concerns were:

  • Inconsistent definitions in the Student Data Privacy Act versus the federal student privacy law,
    FERPA;
  • Potentially increasing the likelihood of data breaches by requiring companies to publicize their
    security practices and procedures; and
  • Students likely missing out on important educational programs and services due to opt-out
    requirements.

Read the full letter here.

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