EPIC Warns Education Department of Research Database Privacy Risks

In comments to the Education Department, EPIC objected to the Department's recent proposal to gather detailed student information. The Department plans to collect student data, including discipline records, to assess "data-driven instruction professional development." The Department also proposes to disclose the data to private contractors. EPIC suggested that the agency use aggregate data instead of students' personally identifiable information so as to reduce the risk that might result from a data breach. EPIC noted that the agency's Inspector General recently found that "information systems continue to be vulnerable to serious security threats." EPIC has called for a Student Privacy Bill of Rights, an enforceable privacy and data security framework.

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