MACC and the ACLU have been working with Rep. Eric Lucero for 5 or 6 years to pass a protective data privacy bill for students in public, charter and private schools. We’ll link a PDF 1-page version for calls or visits.
Student Data Privacy Act
HF 1821 & SF 2291
Hello Representative _____________ or Senator _______________,
I’m (calling or visiting) today to discuss my concerns with student data sharing and selling in our schools. I want to see this stopped! I don’t believe that children’s private information should be shared or sold by 3rd parties who regularly do business with public, charter and private schools. Data protections and security can be put into place without hurting the natural flow of online schooling.
Minnesota’s Chapter 13 has not been updated for students for at least 30 years! Just think about the huge changes in technology over that time. House File 1821 or Senate File 2291 places protections into Chapter 13, our Data code, and I am calling today for your support of this bill. HF 1821’s chief author is Rep. Lucero and SF 2291’s chief author is Sen. B. Anderson.
The Student Data Privacy bill is concise and speaks to technology providers and school-issued devices. Here are some of the primary protections.
- Student’s private data is not the property (owned) of the tech provider.
- Procedure after the discovery of a data breach to be in compliance with section 13.055.
- Procedure for student data when a provider’s contract is to be cancelled.
- Tech provider must not sell, share or disseminate educational data.
- Tech provider must not use for commercial purposes, marketing or advertising.
- Written procedures for tech provider employees who have contact with student data.
- Parents and students may inspect a complete contract of any school technology provider.
A government entity or technology provider must not electronically access or monitor:
Audio or visual receiving, transmitting, or recording feature for school-issued device
Student interactions – key strokes, web-browsing