Student Data Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

(June 10) – In his office this morning, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, designed to strengthen privacy for students and increase safeguards for their education data.

“This is a groundbreaking law that seeks to increase protections for students on how their educational data can be used,” said Rep. Garnett. “As technology continues to develop, this will provide a framework for protecting our children’s privacy for years to come.”

Many educational applications that are used in the classrooms today are able to collect a wealth of information on students—causing concerns about privacy and transparency in how that data is used.

HB16-1423, also sponsored by Rep. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, takes several steps to protect student data and privacy while preserving school districts’ ability to use data analytics to improve teaching programs and individual student outcomes.

Under the bill, software vendors cannot sell student-specific data, nor use that data to create individual student profiles or for targeted advertising. Software vendors will also be required to disclose to school districts what personally identifiable information they collect and how they use it.

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