Privacy Is No Longer Private

This handbook is being distributed to parents, “Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy” which can be downloaded for free at http://www.studentprivacymatters.org/toolkit.

SECTION III: Tips for parents looking to protect their student’s privacy gives this information and advice:

Education technology is big business! In February 2015, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimated the value of the PreK-12 educational software and digital content
market at $8.38 billion. . . If the school or district is not paying for the classroom app or online program, the company is most likely profiting from your child’s information in some other way. . .

A 2010 study by Fordham Law School found that “95% of districts rely on vendors for a diverse range of functions including data collection and mining related to student performance, support for classroom activities, student guidance, data hosting, as well as special services such as cafeteria payments and transportation planning.”

ASK YOUR PRINCIPAL how to opt out of “directory information” to prohibit the school from sharing personal information with some third-parties as is your right under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA. Your school should provide you these ASK YOUR PRINCIPAL how to opt out of “directory information” to prohibit the school from sharing personal information with some third-parties as is your right under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA. Your school should provide you these

WHEN REGISTERING YOUR CHILDREN for College Board’s PSAT/SAT or ACT exams, do not check the box to opt into sharing extraneous personal information with colleges or other organizations, and do not provide these companies with any unnecessary information. Your children may also be asked to provide personal information again on exam day; they should be discouraged from checking the box or providing anything other than name, grade, school, and other details required to take the test. When students fill in this additional information, the data is often sold by the testing companies to colleges and others, to be used for marketing and recruitment, or to help colleges decide who to accept or reject.

Stop your children from being sold now.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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