Student privacy should be a priority

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Debates about the relationship between privacy and personal liberty have come to a head in the past year, with legitimate arguments being made by folks from across the political spectrum. But when it comes to school children, some things should be non-negotiable. Student privacy should be protected, and companies should not be raiding kids' records to make a buck.

I like to say education is the mother's milk of economic development. A strong economy needs good teachers, challenging curricula, and the smart use of new technologies. Fortunately, there is a welcome wave of technological innovation coming into our K–12 classrooms. Yet with the embrace of technology comes new, pressing concerns about privacy. It seems as if every day there's a new story about hacking, data breaches, or major online security flaws that put students' personal information at risk.

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