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Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

By Abi Mandelbaum
April 23rd, 2015

National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy

student-privacyBlackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information.

The Student Privacy Pledge for K-12 school service providers outlines a set of clear and concise expectations that parents and education officials have for safeguarding student data.

U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) gathered with school service providers, education organizations and other stakeholders to develop the Pledge with FPF and SIIA.

“Blackbaud is committed to protecting sensitive student data and security,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “The Pledge will better inform our customers, service providers and the general public of our dedication to protecting student privacy.” The Pledge details ongoing industry practices that meet (and in some cases, exceed) all federal requirements, and encourages service providers to more clearly articulate their data privacy practices.

In its role as a K-12 school service provider, Blackbaud has committed to:
• Not sell student information
• Not disclose student information for use in behaviorally targeted advertising
• Use data for authorized educational purposes only
• Not change school service provider privacy policies without notice and choice
• Enforce time limits on retention of student data
• Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
• Maintain a comprehensive security program
• Be transparent about collection and use of student data

For more information about the Pledge and how to support it, visit www.studentprivacypledge.org.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.