Senator Raises Questions About Protecting Student Data
By NATASHA SINGER OCTOBER 22, 2013
A lawmaker who is a staunch advocate of children's privacy is investigating whether the data collection and analysis practices of the growing education technology industry, a market estimated at $8 billion, are outstripping federal rules governing the sharing of students' personal information.
On Tuesday, Senator Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter to Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, about how K-12 schools are outsourcing management and assessment of student data, including intimate details like disabilities, to technology vendors. The letter cited an article in The New York Times this month about concerns over the proliferation of student data to companies.
The junior Senator from Massachusetts is still working off the old playbook he used in the house, and hasn't yet picked up the finer points of public relations.
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