3 myths about school data privacy in the cloud

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
November 20th, 2013

Experts say privacy is possible if you take these critical steps

privacy-cloud-dataAs schools and districts struggle to keep up with big data management and analysis, many are worried about how student data privacy will be affected once it’s in the cloud. However, experts say concerns should be less about nitty-gritty IT details and more about school staff investment.

Experts from government, law, and data organizations recently gave advice to schools and districts during a webinar presented by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), “Is Privacy in the Cloud Possible?”

Panelists described how many concerns about privacy in the cloud are myths; in actuality, the real concerns for student privacy have little to do with shady contracts or online hackers: it’s the school staff that need some help.

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One Response to “3 myths about school data privacy in the cloud”

November 21, 2013

The State Board of Education of Illinois needs to read this article. They collect tons of student and teacher data every year and they cannot explain why they need even half of what they collect. They collect students’ grades from Kindergarten to grade 12. Why would they need the grades of a Kindergartner? I asked and was told there was no reason. In the future, they plan on posting teacher evaluation ratings on their state report card site. I wonder how many companies post their employees’ performance evaluations online?