TRENTON, NJ – Aiming to protect the personal information of students utilizing online education services, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Britnee Timberlake, Andrew Zwicker and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to impose several restrictions on the information shared by these services passed the full Assembly Thursday, 77-0-0.
The bill (A-4978) would prohibit online education services from disclosing student records and creating student profiles under certain circumstances, while requiring security measures for that data.
“This bill was prompted by concerns about the illegitimate sharing of and access to student data,” said Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic). “These services amass an incredible amount of information about students including their identity, academic records, test scores, criminal records and even photos. With such sensitive information, there has to be guidelines and rules as to who accesses this information, why they access it, and how the information will be used.”
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