This article describes the efforts by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to begin a review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The senators wrote a letter to the FTC urging it to use its authority found under 6(b) of the FTC Act to develop an understanding of industry practices related to collecting of information from children.
“Paranoia about cheating is making online education terrible for everyone” via Vox
This article by Rebecca Heilweil of Vox documents some of the privacy concerns raised through universities’ use of artificial intelligence based test proctoring in the COVID-19 distance learning environment.
“Western Massachusetts Writing Project: Using this uncertain moment for educational change” via Daily Hampshire Gazette
This article, co-authored by the executive board of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, documents some of the disparities that are magnified by COVID-19 forced distance education for K-12 students. “We urge teachers to be thoughtful in the kinds of technology platforms they choose for their students, to not trade ease of use for student privacy in the rush to get online…”
“Schooling in coronavirus days – Where did student privacy go?” via the Jerusalem Post
This article by Leehee Feldman of the Jerusalem Post describes some of the privacy concerns flowing from the transition to online education in Israel due to Covid-19.
“Ed Tech Company Proposes Student Bill of Rights for Remote Learning” via The Journal
This article by Dian Schaffhauser from The Journal describes the efforts of one EdTech company, ProctorU, to create a student bill of rights. The stated goal of this student bill of rights is to “develop a level playing field for students as schools continue delivering classes online.”