A new national study concludes that states often collect far more information about students than necessary and fail to take adequate steps to protect their privacy, reports the Washington Post. The study from the Fordham University Center on Law and Information Policy, released Oct. 28, casts new light on data systems created at the urging of the federal government to track student progress. One finding: States often fail to spell out protocols for purging records after students graduate. "Ten, 15 years later, these kids are adults, and information from their elementary, middle and high school years will easily be exposed...

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