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Report: Balancing the Scale of Student Data Deletion and Retention in Education

Historically, the education system has erred on the side of retaining data. There are many ways that data can can be useful in improving student outcomes, but indefinite data retention does not come without risk or cost. Education leaders and the companies they work with have to balance student data deletion and retention. This brief explores this issue and offers recommendations that protect student privacy while supporting effective data use that improves student outcomes.

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State Student Privacy Law Compendium

Student privacy has never faced greater challenges. CDT has developed a state-by-state compendium of privacy laws relating to the collection, use, and sharing of student data. It lists key student data privacy laws for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Dear Colleague Letter to School Officials at Institutions of Higher Education

Dear Ms. Styles, Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the Department’s Dear Colleague Letter to School Officials at Institutions of Higher Education on behalf of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). CDT is a nonpartisan, nonprofit technology policy organization dedicated to protecting civil liberties and human rights, including privacy, free speech and access to information. We’ve…

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Privacy and the Digital Student

School districts across the country have embraced education technology (“EdTech”) as a means for enhancing school operations and classroom instruction. While the practice of collecting student data is not new – K-12 schools and institutions of higher education have been gathering and reporting test scores, grades, retention records, and the like for years – the means by which student…

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