October 17, 2015

Educational apps may get scrutiny

Law prof warns there is "open season" on student data

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A server room in a data center.

Apps from schools would get a look-see to prevent colleges from amassing, selling and sharing data under a proposal from two Pennsylvania legislators.

“I want to see us utilize more technology” in schools, Rep. Ted Nesbit, R-Grove City, told the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

“But at the same time, we’re putting personal data out there, and people should be aware of it. … Russians and Chinese are trying to hack our schools.”

The legislation is “clearly doing a number of very positive things in the current environment of open hunting season on student information,” said Joel Reidenberg, a Fordham Law School professor.

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