Microsoft, Education Tech Firms Vow To Protect Student Data


The New York Times (10/7, Singer, Subscription Publication) reports that a group of 14 education and technology firms led by Microsoft is promising to adopt a set of policies to protect student data. The companies are promising “not to sell information on kindergartners through 12th graders,” not to use their data for targeted ads, and not to use the data to compile student profiles without authorization. The article notes that the move comes as “schools across the country are increasingly adopting data-driven learning programs and apps.”