As recently reported in Education Week , the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC), the conservative advocacy group, is jumping on the student privacy bandwagon and has written a “model” bill for state legislators to adopt, based on an Oklahoma privacy bill that was recently passed.
- · It wouldn’t prevent states from sharing personal student data with contractors or between agencies without consent;
- · It would enable states to make whatever personal data they please available to researchers;
- · It calls for only such parental notification already required under federal or state law;
- · It would allow for all sorts of involuntary data disclosures for students transferring out of state or “taking a national or multistate assessment”;
- · It would encourage the outsourcing of data to private vendors or organizations, as long as there are unspecified provisions made to “safeguard privacy and security and include penalties for noncompliance”.