Fall 2021: A Fresh Approach to Data Privacy

Back to school season is in full swing. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings for the entire school district. Of course, past challenges haven’t gone away, but the season serves as a reminder that we can approach old challenges with clear eyes and a new perspective. To help bring the spirit of the season to your student data privacy program in the new school year, CoSN Members are invited to take advantage of these Member Briefs, tackling some of the thorniest student data privacy challenges:
The pandemic is still with us, and so are health screenings and questions about properly protecting student and employee privacy. Read up on the issues and learn how to consider the privacy implications for different screening tools.
 
It’s one of the biggest problems plaguing school districts, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Preventing a ransomware attack is possible, as is mitigating the impacts if it does happen. Learn about the planning, training, and other work needed to help protect your district.
 
Today’s classroom is just about anywhere it needs to be, and that includes the home. Learn how to protect student data privacy while maintaining a strong connection with students.
 
Artificial intelligence is here to stay, and it permeates a variety of classroom technologies. So how might you consider student data privacy when leveraging AI technologies? Read on for some helpful frameworks and questions to ask.
 
Whether you are considering using facial recognition technologies to speed entry into your campus or protect your students, using the technology requires considering some complex privacy questions. This CoSN member brief includes some common use cases and guidance to get you started.
 
Understanding how technology works require an understanding of how online tracking happens. Start with this brief primer and learn some of the steps you can take better to control your district’s use of tracking technologies.
 
Google Analytics is one of the most commonly used analytics products in the market. What is it? How does it work? What are the privacy implications for districts using technology that leverages Google Analytics? Read on to learn answers to these questions and more.
 
If you’re not yet a CoSN Member or if these particular privacy topics aren’t the right fit for you, we’ve still got you covered! Check out the Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit for a refresher on the fundamentals and more.
 
What other privacy challenges are you facing? Join us in the privacy community of the CoSN Network and let us know. The privacy community is open to CoSN Members and non-members working on their CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal. Hope to see you there!
 
About the Author:
Linnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. As founder of the global compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC, Linnette delivers strategic advice and training, policy development, and technology assessments and builds cultures of compliance across a wide range of organizations. She also serves as virtual chief privacy officer and GDPR data protection officer to select clients. Linnette is a recognized expert in the youth and education sectors and speaks nationally on data privacy matters. She is a TEDx speaker, advisory board member for the Ithaca College Cybersecurity Program, and author of the books, “Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program,” “Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals,” and “Student Data Privacy: Managing Vendor Relationships.”