I was asked to join a new student privacy coalition yesterday, which I did. Diane Ravitch posted their press release on her site.
Enclosed is my statement of support:
Privacy Activist, Louisiana
“Information is proving to be the most valuable commodity of the 21st Century. We must all fight to keep ourselves and our society safe from the information prospectors that see us and our children as little more than their next Klondike while they conspire to chain us inextricably to their Big Data mines.”
In this era of Big Data, many organizations want to collect and use personal student data for their own ends. In recent years, the U.S Department of Education has weakened the privacy protections embedded in FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Parent activists wants Congress to take action to protect their children’s privacy rights.
July 23, 2014
For more information contact:
Leonie Haimson: firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-466-2262; 917-435-9329
Rachael Stickland: email@example.com; 303-204-1272
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