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Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t


On the Pew Report:

Americans say they are deeply concerned about privacy on the web and their cellphones. They say they do not trust Internet companies or the government to protect it. Yet they keep using the services and handing over their personal information.

That paradox is captured in a new survey by Pew Research Center. It found that there is no communications channel, including email, cellphones or landlines, that the majority of Americans feel very secure using when sharing personal information. Of all the forms of communication, they trust landlines the most, and fewer and fewer people are using them.

Student Data: Trust, Transparency, and the Role of Consent


This paper discusses how data is used both in classrooms and by educators and policymakers to assess educational outcomes.9 It addresses the practical implications of consent requirements both for day-to-day school management and for the education system as a whole. It explores how existing federal laws, including the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), protect student data. It reviews the activities of vendors and the role of individual consent in data processing by the health and financial sectors. It proposes that in lieu of focusing on the technicalities of parental consent requirements, legitimate privacy concerns must be addressed in a manner that protects all students. It argues that parents should never have to opt-out of embracing new technologies simply in order to protect their children’s privacy. Instead, to foster an environment of trust, schools and their education partners must offer more insight into how data is being used. With more information and better access to their own data, parents and students will be better equipped to make informed decisions about their education choices.

College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark


This comprehensive report provides a biased look into state and federal unit record systems.  While it clearly advocates for such systems, it provides a detailed history of how such projects were introduced, by whom, and when, as well as the hurdles they’ve faced.  There is a discussion of student privacy issues, but it is shallow.