Dep't of Education Addresses Privacy Issues in Online Programs

As school districts around the country increasingly turn to online educational services that can collect and analyze details about how individual students learn, some parents and legislators have been raising questions about whether the personal information collected by such programs is federally protected from being shared or sold by technology vendors. Now, the Department of Education weighed in with an answer long awaited across the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education software industry: “It depends.”