New toolkit for districts: Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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New toolkit for districts: Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning

Developed by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit is an in-depth guide to key federal student data privacy laws. It also includes guidance on how key laws operate together, suggested contract terms, explanations of metadata and data de-identification, use of click-wrap agreements, and additional privacy-related resources, including:

  • Navigating Key Federal Student Data Privacy Laws
  • 10 Steps Every District Should Take Today
  • Security Questions for Service Providers
  • Vetting Online Tools
  • School Officials FERPA Exception

To help school systems launch or refresh their privacy efforts, the Toolkit puts forth steps school leaders should take, which include designating a privacy official, leveraging procurement options, gaining a thorough understanding of privacy laws, adopting school community norms and policies, and informing parents of policies and practices. The Toolkit also points school leaders to additional sources to strengthen their commitment.





Last Updated: June 2, 2017



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