Companies Sign Student Data Privacy Pledge

Student data privacy remains a hot-button issue nationwide. To help alleviate concerns among parents and policy makers, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently announced a K-12 school service providers’ pledge. AAP supports the voluntary pledge. 

The pledge is built around various principles regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of students’ personal information. By signing the voluntary pledge, school service providers state that they will be accountable to:

  • not sell student information
  • not behaviorally target advertising
  • use data for authorized education purposes only
  • not change privacy policies without notice and choice
  • enforce strict limits on data retention
  • support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
  • provide comprehensive security standards
  • be transparent about collection and use of data

Companies and organizations that have signed the pledge include Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, Edmodo, Follett, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knewton, Knovation, Microsoft, MIND Research Institute, myOn, Think Through Math, and others. In a press release announcing the pledge, Mark Schneiderman of SIIA said, “We introduce this Pledge as a clear industry commitment to safeguard the privacy and security of all student personal information.”

To learn more, read this article in THE Journal or visit the Student Privacy Pledge website.

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Data & Privacy