Meehan and Rokita to Hold Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Privacy, Security Risks of Data Mining Student Information

Jun 24, 2014 Issues: Cybersecurity

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a joint hearing with the Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education to examine the mining and retention of student data and the potential privacy and security risks this poses to students’ personally identifiable information.

Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Joint Hearing: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies and Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness Include:

  • Mr. Joel R. Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg, Chair and Professor of Law, Founding Academic Director, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University School of Law
  • Mr. Mark MacCarthy, Vice President, Public Policy, Software and Information Industry Association
  • Ms. Joyce Popp, Chief Information Officer, Idaho State Department of Education
  • Mr. Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director, Alliance for Excellent Education

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “Educational software and cloud systems are important tools for our teachers and students today. But parents have real concerns over how information these tools gather may be used, and that attendance records, learning abilities, locations, web histories and other personally identifiable information may be mined, shared and sold for profit.  I look forward to working with Chairman Rokita to examine the threat to student privacy and security posed by the mining and retention of student data.”

Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) on the hearing: “Student data is a key element in improving schools and assisting teachers as they design curriculum. However, we must make certain there is not a threat to student privacy as this data is collected, shared, and analyzed. Protecting student privacy in the digital age is a top priority for me and my subcommittee. I look forward to working with Chairman Meehan in our joint hearing.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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