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Google student privacy complaint isn’t so black and white.

Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), arguing that the company violated a public commitment to protect students’ privacy. Google has room to improve, but students shouldn’t be deprived of practical features that are relevant to their education.

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Clever helps 44,000 schools share student data with tech firms. What comes next?

A new company, Clever, is helping public schools share data with education technology companies. But what happens next?

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Texas’ special needs classrooms will soon be on video. Is this good for kids?

Spurred by vivid accounts of abuse, a new Texas law — potentially the first of its kind in the nation — is poised to require video monitoring in most special needs classrooms. The law is part of a broader move toward more video surveillance in schools.

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Pending Bills Aim to Define Student Privacy in Digital Age

Digital learning tools, and the companies behind them, are transforming classrooms. But policy hasn’t kept pace: the federal law that protects students’ privacy (called FERPA), is over forty years old. Several pending bills would revise the law, both to authorize new high-tech practices and to protect students against emerging threats.

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Use of Body Cams by School Officials Prompts Concern

A school district in Iowa will purchase body-worn cameras for use by administrators and principals. Advocates question the wisdom of the policy.

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