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Recommended Resources: State Laws

Recommended Resources State Laws April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction With an abundance of exceptional resources and training programs out there, brushing up on federal child and student privacy laws like FERPA and COPPA has never been more accessible. And while mastery of these is crucial, it’s just the beginning. Since 2014, legislators across the states have passed over 140 new child and student privacy laws. Diving deep into the specific provisions of state legislation is no longer a bonus–it is essential. We’ve pulled together our top 5 […]

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Recommended Resources: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Recommended Resources The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction It’s time to revisit your COPPA knowledge! In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update the COPPA Rule that would mean big changes for companies and schools, codifying some of the changes stakeholders have been advocating for. To equip you with the necessary tools to decode and navigate potential changes in the NPRM, we’ve handpicked our top 5 resources on COPPA and how it applies

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Recommended Resources: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Recommended Resources The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction This year marks a major milestone in advocating for child and student privacy–FERPA is celebrating its 50th anniversary! As this pivotal act turns 50, rumors are picking up again that new FERPA regulations may soon be on the horizon. As calls to modernize FERPA get louder, we’ve been meticulously crafting our upcoming series: Fixing FERPA. This series isn’t just about paying homage; it’s meant to start a broader discussion about how a

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Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM

Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM December 20, 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Hello all, While we might have thought child and student privacy work for the year was winding down, the FTC had other ideas. Today the FTC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) that would mean big changes for companies and schools, codifying some of the changes stakeholders have been advocating for. We’ll be going through the NPRM in detail over the next few days.

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What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems

What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems September 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 A new amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) isn’t just about kids.  On July 27th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed KOSA as amended out of committee. While KOSA is designed to protect kids online, one of its new amendments – the Filter Bubble Transparency Act (aka Thune 2), hereafter referred to as “the amendment” – regulates platforms providing content to users of all ages. And notably for governmental integrated data system

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Privacy Impact of the Federal Parent Bill of Rights

Privacy Impacts of the Federal Parent Bill of Rights March 16, 2023 PIPC supports the technical work of AASA’s Student and Child Privacy Center. AASA has established policy priorities specific to student and child data and privacy. This analysis is informational, and any AASA advocacy positions or nuance are available on the AASA website.  In just over a week, the Parents Bill of Rights Act(PBOR) – a bill intended to give parents more control over their child’s education – was reintroduced, marked up, and passed out of the House Education and Workforce Committee. It will be voted on by the

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Beyond Commercialization Concerns in Student Privacy

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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