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The Public Interest Privacy Center equips stakeholders with the insights, training, and tools needed to cultivate effective, ethical, and equitable privacy safeguards for all children and students.

Recent News & Publications

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Keeping Up With Congress: Recent Federal Developments in Child and Student Privacy

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EdWeek: What Schools Need to Know About These Federal Data-Privacy Bills

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PIPC Joins Letter Endorsing COPPA 2.0 with AASA, NSBA, AFT, and other members of the Federal Education Privacy Coalition

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From Data Privacy to Discrimination: Examining the Legal Ramifications of AI in Schools

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K-12 Privacy Policy Guide: How to Quickly Spot Red Flags

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Recommended Resources: State Laws

What We Do

Our vision is that high-impact stakeholders at every tier will have the information and tools necessary to protect all children’s fundamental right to privacy. By educating and equipping high-impact groups and fostering a culture of privacy, PIPC will help create an environment where all children will enjoy privacy-protected benefits of emerging technologies and data use.

Policy Tracking and Analysis

PIPC provides up-to-date insights into the state, federal, and international student and child privacy policy landscape.

We not only follow child and student privacy bills and regulation, but also general consumer privacy, education, and child welfare policy developments that have child and student privacy implications. Because we examine these issues through a lens of equity and best practices and on-the-ground application, our analyses help identify where policy falls short or may have unintended consequences. 

Training and Technical Assistance

PIPC's technical assistance and training helps our partners to not only stay compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, but adopt and implement best practices.

We provide comprehensive presentations, workshops, and trainings on the legal landscape, emerging policy issues at the state and federal level, regulatory requirements, applications of emerging technologies, and industry best practices for properly handling child and student data. We have provided trainings to state, federal, and international policymakers; state and local education agency and institution staff in both K-12 and higher education; education researchers; philanthropic foundations; nonprofits; and companies. PIPC's trainings range from one-time events to semester-long courses, and are available both virtually and in person.

Resources

PIPC creates and collaborates on short resources, blogs, rapid-response alerts, infographics, in-depth reports, and academic papers.

Our goal is that our resources help high impact stakeholders stay on top of developments, understand the impact and nuance emerging issues, and sift through the granular points of the most important student and child privacy issues. We break down these issues into easy-to-understand and referenceable resources that equip our stakeholders to make better informed choices about how to navigate in this complicated and rapidly evolving environment. However, we firmly believe in highlighting existing, free resources above creating new, unnecessary ones, and love to share our favorites.

Public Engagement

PIPC elevates public awareness of key student and child privacy issues through public speaking engagements and by serving as a resource to the press.

We are always happy to discuss and explain emerging issues, policy developments, and technology applications, and especially enjoy dispelling common misunderstandings about privacy issues. PIPC’s leadership frequently speaks at conferences, panels, and webinars, and is a long-time resource for targeted and general media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, NPR, The Guardian, Education Week, The 74, The Atlantic, Vox, and Slate.

Connecting Stakeholders

PIPC believes that better policy and practice is achieved when conversations take place outside of silos and include people representing a variety of stakeholders with different lived experiences and levels of expertise.

PIPC facilitates the collaboration and elevates the work of experts from across the privacy, advocacy, education, child welfare, technology, and industry fields and bridges the understanding gaps between these key groups. We are especially invested in highlighting the work and perspectives of leaders representing marginalized groups to ensure equality and equity are a cornerstone of privacy discussions.

Are our missions aligned? Contact us to collaborate.