Group says Student Privacy Pledge contains ‘loopholes’ for industry

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims the Student Privacy Pledge, which has been signed by 300 educational technology companies since it was introduced two years ago, is “flawed” and contains some fine-print definitions that weaken its protections.

“While we praise the Pledge’s effort to create industry norms around privacy, its loopholes prevent it from actually protecting student data,” EFF Staff Attorney Sophia Cope and EFF Researcher Gennie Gebhart wrote in a blog. They said the problems in the pledge lie not in its 12 commitment statements, but “in the fine-print definitions under them.” More …

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