Shift to Online Learning Ignites Student Privacy Concerns


Privacy issues are still very much in play during the COVID-19 outbreak and, in some cases, are heightened because of the pandemic. Count student privacy among the areas that have seen increased issues. The pandemic has forced schools into online learning, which means students of different ages being exposed to various technologies, some of which aren’t designed for educational use, children, or both. Among the privacy problems that come with online learning tech is the collection and potential use of students’ personal information, as well as employing products or platforms that are not designed for children. Such issues can bring violations of the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and state-specific children’s privacy laws. Joe Duball spoke with privacy pros about the repercussions of the online learning shift.

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