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New Center at AASA to Address Student Data Privacy

by NSC Blog | Jan 19, 2023 | DiplomaVerify, K-12, Verification Services

Visit Our Booth 342 at AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 16-18

How well protected is K12 student personal data? Grade information? Credit card and financial information? Disciplinary actions? The list goes on and on.

Parents also are concerned about the sites students visit and apps they use—the kind of information required of them as well as the content they’re exposed to, and potential privacy risks. Education Week recently authored, Parents want to know: “What happens to that data?” to address these issues.

Spurring these concerns has been the rapidly emergent move to hybrid and remote learning in the online environment. To address these growing concerns, the Public Interest Privacy Center, housed at AASA—The School Superintendents Association, has been established to help superintendents and district leaders respond to privacy concerns and questions.

Center to Provide Answers and Education

Leading the center is Amelia Vance, a global expert in child and student privacy and the founder and president of Public Interest Privacy Consulting, LLC. Vance points to some common questions that district leaders around the country are receiving. Questions like:

  • “I looked over my child’s shoulder and they were using 10 different apps. Why are they using 10 apps? How is their data protected?”
  • “My kids took a survey asking about how they are emotionally, and where is that data going? How is it going to be used?”

Parents want to know which websites and apps students are using, how the school is handling data and privacy concerns, what types of surveys are done and how the information is stored and used, how recording devices are used, and who has access to that information, and how teachers are trained to ensure their ability to adequately protect student information.

The center will help district leaders answer questions like these while keeping them educated and current on how proposed privacy legislation at the state and federal levels might impact their schools.

Clearinghouse Privacy Commitment

Like AASA—The School Superintendents Association, the National Student Clearinghouse is a champion for student privacy too. The Clearinghouse’s education partners trust us because they know we take our commitment to student privacy very seriously.

Since our start in 1993, the Clearinghouse has been scrupulous in our concern for student privacy and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). All Clearinghouse services, such as DiplomaVerify, are designed to facilitate compliance with FERPA, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse respects the policies of educational entities regarding the release of their student data to third parties. And, to further ensure security and student privacy, the Clearinghouse follows cybersecurity best practices and utilizes the latest encryption technologies.

Don’t Miss the Clearinghouse at AASA’s National Conference on Education

For those attending AASA’s National Conference on Education on Feb. 16-18 in San Antonio, TX, visit us at booth 342 to discuss data privacy and our services like DiplomaVerify. Also, Clearinghouse President and CEO Rick Torres will moderate a panel discussion at the conference called, “Delivering and Executing a Re-Imagined K20 Learning Pathway,” on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 9-10 am.

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