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Common Sense Media CEO Comments on the Protecting Student Privacy Act

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, legislation that was drafted to help safeguard the educational records of students.

Common Sense Media Founder and CEO Jim Steyer released a statement in response to the new legislation. The statement began, “Common Sense Media commends today’s bipartisan effort to update the primary federal education privacy law for the digital age. This legislative proposal is a step forward for fostering student privacy while permitting ed tech innovation.”

Steyer went on to state that, “We share the bill’s goal of strengthening the law to help ensure that schools and the private ed tech companies they work with protect students’ personal information and have appropriate practices for data security, use, destruction and parental access.”

Steyer concluded that Common Sense looks forward to working with Senators Markey and Hatch and other stakeholders “to ensure that sensitive student data is safeguarded and used appropriately, so educators can harness technology to enrich students’ learning without compromising their sensitive personal information.”

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Christopher Piehler is the former editor-in-chief of THE Journal.

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