Joint Subcommittee Hearing: How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies; Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 25, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 25, 2014 joint subcommittee hearing on "How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy" held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. From the opening statement of Patrick Meehan: "In recent years the number of school districts using educational software and cloud services has greatly increased; today nearly 95% of school districts are using these services. These services can provide numerous advantages to school administrations and educators including individualized learning, state examination assessments and administrative functions such as attendance records. While these services can be helpful to our student's development, it is vitally important that we understand the privacy and security concerns of sharing such sensitive information. A report by the Fordham Law School found that cloud services used by school districts are poorly understood and have a lack of transparency, finding 20% of school districts do not have proper policies in place for the use of these services and fewer than 7% restrict the sale of student information by vendors. Security of student information must be paramount, as this Subcommittee as examined in recent hearings cyber criminals have become more sophisticated in their tactics and techniques, evidenced by the increasing number of cyber breaches at universities, schools and retailers. The more interconnected our lives become with online services the greater the risk these criminals can exploit it. Over the past year three major universities and one school district have become victims of cyber breaches affecting hundreds of thousands of students' personally identifiable information." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joel R. Reidenberg, Mark MacCarthy, Joyce Popp, and Thomas Murray.

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