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ERIC Number: EJ1103487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Data Privacy Laws Follow Lead of Oklahoma and California
Vance, Amelia
State Education Standard, v16 n2 p25-27, 33 May 2016
Oklahoma's Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act (known as the Student DATA Act) arose just as privacy concerns about student data were beginning to surface. According to Linnette Attai, founder of education technology compliance consultancy PlayWell LLC, "When this climate of data privacy first emerged in its current form, this was one of the key questions: How are states understanding what data they have?" The law assigned extensive responsibility to the Oklahoma State Board of Education, requiring it to set policies and establish safeguards for state-collected student data. Before its passage, student data was handled "largely at the staff level within the department, outside of any public process or public scrutiny," according to Oklahoma State Representative Jason Nelson, coauthor of the bill. One of the concerns that parents and privacy advocates most frequently voiced was the lack of transparency about how government was using and protecting student data. By giving this authority to the state board, Oklahoma enhanced the transparency of its student data privacy decisions and created a model for the country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Oklahoma
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