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Balancing the Scale of Student Data Deletion and Retention in Education

Deleting data is harder than you might think, and we’ve created some guidance about how to manage this complex task in an education context. We hope that the tools we provide can serve as starting points for practitioners to build robust data management in their own organizations, so that they can get the most out of their data while protecting their students.

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Student Privacy Lessons From a Recovering Bureaucrat

Looking back on my time in government, there are tools and resources that I wish I’d had. I recently joined the Student Privacy Project here at CDT to create some of these, and today, we’re releasing a new resource about why education leaders need chief privacy officers to protect student data. Once a chief privacy officer is hired, what can ensure their success? Based on my experiences, here are some tips, tricks, and rules of the road.

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‘Tis the Season for Our Children’s Privacy

It’s that time of the year again. The holiday season is almost upon us and with that comes holiday parties, travel plans, and most importantly, gifts. There’s a good chance that some of your gifts will be for kids and might even include the latest tech gadget. From new game consoles to network-connected toys, these gadgets collect, use, and may ultimately share a tremendous amount of information. As you start your holiday shopping, here are some things to know to better protect your children’s privacy. 

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Tech Talk: A News-tritious Media Diet

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we chat with Lata Nott about a new web tool aimed at improving your online media diet. We also welcome Teddy Hartman from Howard County Public Schools to get a local perspective on how to address student privacy.

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