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House Committee examines student data privacy concerns

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently held a hearing to evaluate federal policies affecting education research and student privacy. At issue is whether and how Congress will update the 1974 Family...more

What Can Schools Expect from the 2016 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 3, 2016, the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. Adjournment is scheduled for May 4, 2016. One can assume that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be...more

Circuit Court Holds that Public Body May Not Discuss Election of Officers in Closed Session

In Denton v. City Council for the City of Hopewell, CL 2015-71 (Hopewell Cir. Ct. 2015), a suit brought under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code §§ 2.2-3700 et seq., (“FOIA”), the Hopewell Circuit Court...more

Student Data Concerns Give Rise to Proposed Changes in Federal Education Privacy Laws

It has been over 40 years since Congress initially passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g), also referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” after its primary Congressional sponsor. ...more

Student Privacy In Online Educational Services

The commercial use of data mined by providers of online educational services, such as Internet homework portals, digital grade books for teachers, and student e-mail programs, continues to be a hot topic on numerous fronts. ...more

Presidential Politics, E-Mail, And The FOIA: Why It Should Matter To You

The federal Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] has recently made its way into national new stories for all the wrong reasons. Hillary Clinton has become enmeshed in a controversy involving her use of a “private” e-mail...more

U.S. Senate HELP Committee Releases White Papers on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

On March 23, 2015, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the “HELP Committee”) released staff white papers about the following three issues, as...more

Federal student privacy law in flux

In recent months, the White House and members of Congress have called for an overhaul of the forty-year old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) ((20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which safeguards the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The legislature has finished the 11th week of session, meaning only nine weeks remain before the 2015 session comes to a close. With the first bill deadline approaching at the end of next week, committees have been conducting...more

The Government's Strategy to Combat the "Cyber Arms Race"

In the midst of ongoing, escalating and increasingly troublesome reports of large-scale corporate cyber breaches, the federal government is trying to fight back more forcefully with a dual strategy to shore up agency...more

It Takes More Than a Village: Protecting Student Privacy in the Age of Big Data

High-profile data breaches and cyber-attacks on well-known brands and businesses have dominated the news cycle for more than a year. Yet during the same time, less visible, but no less important efforts have been made to...more

President Obama Proposes New Data Privacy Legislation

On January 12, President Obama announced new privacy initiatives to combat identity theft, enhance consumer security, and improve data privacy online and in the classroom. His main legislative proposals call for (i) a...more

Cybersecurity and Privacy in State of the Union Address

As expected in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made it very clear that cybersecurity is on his agenda for 2015. After stating that: “No foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down...more

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

On the evening of January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives with Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the president’s...more

President Obama Proposes National Data Breach Law, Unveils New Consumer and Student Privacy Initiatives

On January 12 President Obama visited the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) where he unveiled several new data security and privacy initiatives, including proposed legislation to create a national data breach notification law...more

White House Proposes National Data Breach Notification Standard

This has been a big week for cybersecurity announcements from Washington. In what the White House has called a series of “SOTU Spoilers,” President Obama announced his intention to follow through on some of the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2015: President Announces Cybersecurity Legislative and Regulatory Proposals

On January 12 and 13, in speeches at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), President Barack Obama announced several initiatives to enhance online...more

Administration Continues Weeklong Focus on Cyber Security and Privacy

The President is continuing to focus on cybersecurity and privacy issues and proposals in the buildup to his State of the Union address, underscoring the importance of addressing these matters and the increase in bipartisan...more

President Obama Proposes Legislation Requiring Businesses to Notify Customers of Data Security Breaches Within 30 Days

In a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday, January 12, President Obama proposed federal legislation that would impose a nationwide standard on companies that experience a data security breach. The...more

Obama Sets Forth Privacy Initiatives to Federal Trade Commission

Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and outlined his proposal for protecting and strengthening consumer and student personal data. President Obama called on Congress to support his...more

President Announces New Legislation and Partnerships for Increased Privacy Protections

Today, President Obama announced a series of new bills and voluntary partnerships the White House will launch in order to further protect individual privacy in the wake of several high-profile data breaches at major U.S. and...more

California Passes Student Data Privacy Law

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a bill into law that mandates the protection of the personal data of school children that use online educational programs. The Student Online Personal Information...more

Pass or Fail? Sens. Markey and Hatch Introduce “Protecting Student Privacy Act” Seeking to Amend FERPA, Increase Protection of...

On July 30, 2014, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., made good on his earlier promise to beef up the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to provide heightened protections for student educational records...more

House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Data Mining and Student Privacy

Today, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint...more

Update on Recent FOIA and OMA Illinois Supreme Court and Attorney General Opinions

- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. - The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more

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