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New education technologies show promise in enhancing overall education. However, these tools collect, share, and store student data with commercial service providers and researchers, raising a range of privacy concerns. Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed The Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (“SOPIPA”) (S.B. 1177), a much-needed departure from current trends in student privacy legislation and, while not perfect, could serve as a framework for other state legislatures’ approach to this issue.

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Always On: The Digital Student

CDT began addressing issues of privacy in education in our second installment of Always On. In partnering with the Data Quality Campaign, we explored how technology could be integrated into schools to achieve better student outcomes, and how we protect the privacy of students as we try to empower teachers and parents with more actionable data.

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Do Not Track Kids Bill Revives Minors’ Online Privacy Debate

The Do Not Track Kids Act (DNTK) has resurfaced, bringing the debate over minors’ online privacy back to the federal level. Sponsored by now-Senator Markey and Representatives Barton and Rush, this year’s bill is largely the same as the Markey-Barton bill of 2011. As we noted in 2011, the DNTK bill’s use of the Fair Information Practice Principles framework is a good approach to protecting the privacy of users’ information – but extending those protections only to users in a certain age bracket raises significant complications for users and operators alike.

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CDT Testifies on Two California Bills that Threaten Free Expression and Privacy Online

Today, Emma Llansó, CDT Policy Counsel, will testify before the California State Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media urging Members of the Committee to reject two bills that recently passed the California Senate. Both bills aim to protect children’s privacy, but would seriously burden minors’ First Amendment rights by limiting their access to information while also limiting their access to platforms for their own speech. Ms. Llansó’s full testimony is available here.

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Proposals to Children’s Privacy Rule Pose Real Problems for Free Expression and Innovation

The FTC is proposing changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule that will increase uncertainty for website operators and app developers and could bring a whole new set of sites and services into COPPA’s scope. COPPA requires operators of websites and online services that are targeted to children, or who know a particular user is a…

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