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Student Privacy Primer

By Amelia Vance | Oct 5, 2021

Student Privacy Primer Juliana Cotto, Edith Mandinach, Amelia Vance, Jim Siegl, Anisha Reddy, Tyler Park, and Jasmine Parks This primer explains the concepts of student data, including who uses the data and why they use it; data privacy in general; student data privacy; student data privacy risks and harms; how student data privacy relates to data ethics and data equity; key federal privacy laws; key district and school policies; and what it means to foster a culture of privacy. Each of these sections and a concluding section list additional resources to help education stakeholders learn more about student data privacy. […]

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The Privacy and Equity Implications of Using Self-Harm Monitoring Technologies

By Amelia Vance | Sep 27, 2021

The Privacy and Equity Implications of Using Self-Harm Monitoring Technologies Amelia Vance, Anisha Reddy, Yasamin Sharifi, Jasmine Park, and Sara Collins Future of Privacy Forum Shared under CC BY 4.0 license Originally posted on Student Privacy Compass September 27, 2021 As educators and school leaders return to campus after two years of significant upheaval and loss, many are prioritizing efforts focused on students’ well-being, including ensuring that students receive adequate mental health support. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts suggest that the stressors associated with the pandemic and learning from home may have impacted students’ mental health, potentially increasing students’ […]

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Teaching privacy and ethical guardrails for the AI imperative in education

By Amelia Vance | Dec 1, 2020

Teaching Privacy and Ethical Guardrails for The AI Imperative in Education Evan Selinger & Amelia Vance

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School Safety Measures Must Have Evidence, Be Specific, & Have Privacy and Equity Guardrails

By Amelia Vance | Jul 24, 2019

This week’s newsletter focuses on a new report from Human Rights Watch. I decided to write it because this report joins many others from student privacy advocates that focus nearly exclusively on commercialization risks.

When student privacy reports focus again and again on advertising technology as the major threat to student privacy, stakeholders overlook other insidious privacy harms. The likely result of the report will be a series of articles about how student privacy is in crisis and there are not enough laws and companies are bad. That may draw attention to this issue, but it also means that other really important student privacy issues could fall by the wayside.

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The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

By Amelia Vance | Apr 1, 2019

The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Data Privacy April 2019 Tyler Park, Sara Collins, and Amelia Vance Future of Privacy Forum       Shared Under Creative Commons License Download the PDF Introduction Schools have always collected a wide range of data-from enrollment information, to tracking student performance throughout the year, to health and disciplinary records-to allow teachers and school leaders to best serve every student. As all levels of education institutions take advantage of technology, such as vast libraries of resources, learning management systems, and tools that allow students to collaborate with peers around the globe, they are also using […]

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