Privacy Concerns are Just Beginning

Bill Fitzgerald already wrote an analysis of what can happen now that Congress has essentially erased privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers can gather and sell your information indiscriminately, so I won't get into that here.

If you're in #edtech, listen up:

School data can now be used by the service provider to gather student information without notification and used for whatever they want.


We are not immune.

If your school gets eRate funding, you are now likely to be in breach of data security rules because the ISP itself - not the app or website you're using - is collecting and can, potentially, make money off of student information. Moreso, the FCC is in charge of eRate and Ajit Pai, the Republican chair, has promised to roll back net neutrality and privacy rules set in place by the former chair, Tom Wheeler.

This is a big deal.

I was calling my representatives to ask that they vote against this rule. Now, I'm calling to ask them to think about the monetization that is going to occur through our student's use of the web and how they plan on mitigating the legal issues now in play just because a school offers Internet access.

This is a big deal.

Call your representatives. Stand up for reasonable restrictions on data collection and use by service providers.


Data Security Breach flickr photo by Visual Content shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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