Pa. lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Aug 24, 2015 by

State Rep. Dan Miller used to be a history teacher, and he didn’t think much of it when his son’s school invited him to sign up for a mobile phone application that helps teachers and parents to communicate.

If a school or teacher suggests an app, “The typical parent is going to download that app, assuming it’s at a reasonable price, and check that out,” said Mr. Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, a member of the House Education Committee.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s findings on student data privacy, he said, showed him “that information can also get into certain hands, certain places, where one has to question the why and the how.”

Mr. Miller said he has begun drafting legislation to protect the state’s students from abuses that could occur when their data flows into the new world of education technology applications and websites.

Source: Pa. lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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