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Senate Bill Would Curb Access to Student Data

09-07-2014
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Lawmakers in Washington will soon consider safeguards to protect student data from being shared with education vendors.

Privacy advocates say schools are increasingly collecting data on students and asking tech companies to store it.

A new bill to be introduced in the Senate would allow parents access to their children's educational records held by education vendors.

"Parents, not private companies, have the right -- should have the right -- to control personal information about their children," Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said. "Children's educational record is not a product to be bought and sold by the highest bidder."

The bill also makes it illegal for companies to use student data to market to them, and it requires companies to delete student data that is no longer needed.

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