Student data privacy is quite a different topic from the headlines most people read concerning data breaches. It is not about malicious intruders hacking or stealing credentials to get into a system to steal corporate intellectual property or records to sell on the dark web. Student data privacy concerns, specifically, center on the misuse of personally identifiable information, known by its acronym PII.

This can be knowingly done for gain -- i.e. marketing or future sales -- or it can be done with good intentions, as in capturing and using data about an individual to deliver more tailored learning experiences. Even...

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  • About the Author:

    James Litton is the CEO and founder of Identity Automation, a provider of identity and access management software. Identity Automation also offers a purpose built student roster product for curriculum and instructional technologists that automates and controls the data shared between student and HR systems and target learning management and digital textbook providers.