Group Seeks Safeguards for Students' Data Collection

A leading children’s advocacy group is challenging the $8 billion educational technology software industry to develop national safeguards for the personal data collected about students from kindergarten through high school. In a letter sent to 16 educational technology vendors — including Google Apps for Education, Samsung School, Scholastic and Pearson Schoolnet — Common Sense Media, an advocacy group in San Francisco that rates children’s videos and apps for age appropriateness, urged the industry to use student data only for educational purposes, and not for marketing products to children or their families.