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Student Privacy Pledge racks up signatures

By Laura Devaney
February 12th, 2015

More and more ed-tech companies have signed on to honor responsible privacy practices

privacy-pledgeThe Student Privacy Pledge, a list of 12 commitments that school service providers have made to affirm K-12 student information is kept private and secure, has grown to include 108 signatures from ed-tech companies, according to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

The Pledge was launched in October 2014 with 14 signatory companies, grew to 75 by early January, and has now reached a milestone – surpassing 100 signatories. The recent increase was fueled in part by President Obama’s strong support of the Pledge, announced on January 12th as part of a suite of policy proposals designed to further student privacy.

Unlike proposed legislative or regulatory actions, which may not go into effect for some period of time, the Pledge is binding and enforceable as soon as each company signs it. Signatory companies are listed online at www.studentprivacypledge.org.

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