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eSchool News Article: 10 data safety principles every school should be following

Posted by Debbora Woods on 3/19/15 9:00 AM


Have you read this eSchool News article yet?

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Data Quality Campaign just released a set of 10 principles to help guide schools in protecting the student data they store. According to eSchool News, these guidelines are the first of their kind. Briefly, here are the areas they cover:

  1. Student data should be used to support learning
  2. Student data is most powerful when used for personalized learning
  3. Student data should be used as a tool for informing, engaging, and empowering families and educators
  4. Families and educators should have timely access to student data
  5. Student data should be used to inform professional judgment of educators
  6. Students' personal information should only be shared for legitimate educational purposes
  7. Educational institutions should have clear rules and guidelines for how they handle student data
  8. Educational institutions should only have access to minimum student data required
  9. Everyone who has access to student data should be trained on how to use, protect, and secure it
  10. Any educational institution that collects and maintains student data should have a system of governance in place for it

Want more details on these 10 principles? Take time to read the article>>

Then, let us know what your thoughts are by responding below. Do you agree with these principles? Would you offer more? Are these good guidelines for schools? Share your feedback...

Topics: K-12 Student Data, Data Privacy

Respecting privacy. Safeguarding data. Enabling trust.

Posted by Debbora Woods on 1/22/15 12:00 PM


Next Wednesday is Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually on January 28, as an international effort. It began in the United States and Canada in 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe.

Data Privacy Day's goals are to:

  • Raise awareness and educate consumers to better understand how their personal information may be collected and the benefits and risks of sharing personal data
  • Empower consumers to express their expectations for the use, protection, and management of their personal data
  • Inspire consumers through concrete, simple, and actionable tips to more actively manage their online lives
  • Encourage and motivate consumers to consider the privacy implications of their online actions for themselves and others
  • Encourage businesses to be data stewards by being open and honest about how they collect, use, and share personal information and clearly communicating any available privacy and security controls

So, what can your K-12 districts and schools do to support these efforts, engage families, and reach out to your communities with valuable information? Check out the Data Privacy Day website full of information about the effort, how to promote it, how to get involved, learn privacy tips, and much more!

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Topics: Website Hosting, Data Privacy

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