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ABOUT THE PLEDGE
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) introduced a Student Privacy Pledge to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The commitments are intended to concisely detail existing federal law and regulatory guidance regarding the collection and handling of student data, and to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate these practices. FPF and SIIA recently updated the Student Privacy Pledge in our Pledge 2020 process. To learn more, please visit the FAQs page.
Support for Pledge 2020
FUTURE OF PRIVACY FORUM (FPF)
At a time when parents, teachers, schools, and administrators are more dependent than ever before on technology to support education and enable online learning, Pledge 2020 is an important step forward in ensuring the tools students use to learn enhance student privacy and promote data security. Like its predecessor, the Student Privacy Pledge, Pledge 2020 demonstrates signatories’ ongoing commitment to safeguarding student data. The commitments in Pledge 2020 will ensure that the Pledge continues to enhance trust between families, schools, and third-party service providers and to support the safe and effective use of student data for student, teacher, and school success.
– JULES POLONETSKY | CEO
SOFTWARE & INFORMATION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (SIIA)
For six years, the Pledge has stood as a clear industry commitment
protecting the privacy and security of student information. The updates to the Pledge reflect a lengthy and collaborative process of stakeholder engagement representing the needs of our community. These updates stand as an important example of industry-leading to address legitimate privacy concerns.
– JEFF JOSEPH | PRESIDENT
CONSORTIUM FOR SCHOOL NETWORKING (COSN)
Education technology leaders expect transparency from their service providers and public commitments to privacy safeguards. The new K-12 Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy is a useful tool in building more transparency across the ecosystem and will be beneficial to school systems in support of their larger assessments of service providers.
– KEITH R. KRUEGER | CEO
DATA QUALITY CAMPAIGN
Everyone who uses student information has a responsibility to maintain students’ privacy and the security of their data. This pledge is an important declaration that vendors take seriously their obligation to safeguard student data – and that companies who opt into this public commitment are willing to be held accountable for doing so. Responsible practices that protect student data privacy ensure that data is used to help students, never to harm them. – Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, president and CEO, Data Quality Campaign
– JENNIFER BELL-ELLWANGER | PRESIDENT AND CEO
NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION (NSBA)
This industry-led pledge to honor student data privacy is crucial as schools launch virtual platforms on a large scale. Ed tech providers who opt to take the pledge are demonstrating their public commitment to responsible data practices in a manner that will support school boards’ ongoing efforts to safeguard student privacy and ensure data security.
– ANNA MARIA CHÁVEZ | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO
COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS (CCSSO)
Sound data and information play a critical role as we work to make sure every child is prepared for college and careers. State agencies remain committed to protecting student privacy while using data to improve instruction and raise student achievement. In the world we live in today, teachers, students, and parents are also increasingly using online educational products to support learning and manage classroom data. For these reasons, we welcome the pledge from education service providers and industry leaders to safeguard student privacy.
– CHRIS MINNICH | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FUTURE READY SCHOOLS
As schools continue to transform learning experiences by leveraging technology in remote, blended, and in-person spaces, ensuring student data privacy is a non-negotiable. Building on a previous industry-altering pledge, the new K-12 Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy is a vital step forward for school districts and the partners with which they work. Building trust is at the heart of creating schools that are future ready, and this type of transparency is core to the process.
– TOM C. MURRAY | DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION
Innovate Edu | Project Unicorn
Privacy and security in education data is more important now than ever as schools adopt more edtech tools into their digital ecosystems. With the exciting release of the updated Student Privacy Pledge, new provisions and core protections will do more to support safe student data collection and preservation. Project Unicorn supports and endorses the Student Privacy Pledge as the gold standard in the edtech industry for communicating and compelling best privacy and security practices, making it an essential metric in the Project Unicorn Interoperability Rubric.
– ERIN MOTE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR