Today Common Sense Media CEO and founder James Steyer issued the following statement in response to new research from the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School that shows school districts' current practices when using cloud computing services subject students' personal information to risk for abuse.
"This important new research shows that the privacy of students is in jeopardy. Our nation's schools are wisely embracing the vast potential of educational technology to enhance and personalize student learning, and at the same time, we need national standards and safeguards on how student data and sensitive information is protected by both school districts and industry alike."
In October 2013, Common Sense Media launched a School Privacy Zone campaign based on three fundamental principles:
1. Students' personal information shall be used solely for educational purposes;
2. Students' personal information or online activity shall not be used to target advertising to students or families; and
3. Schools and education technology providers shall adopt appropriate data security, retention and destruction policies.