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FPF AND SIIA ANNOUNCE PLEDGE 2020, AN ENHANCED STUDENT PRIVCY INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today announced Pledge 2020, a new Student Privacy Pledge that has been updated to better align with state and federal privacy laws and broaden the scope of protected data.

“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,” said Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum. “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.”

SIIA President Jeff Joseph said, “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.”

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New Effort Builds on Legal Protections to Enhance Confidence in the Handling of Student Personal Information; Addresses Sales, Retention, Security, Profiling, Advertising and More

Washington, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today announced a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy built around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

An initial leadership group of major school service providers are joining SIIA and FPF to introduce and sign the Pledge. The group is made up of some of the leading names in education technology, including Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, Edmodo, Follett, Gaggle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knewton, Knovation, Lifetouch, Microsoft, MIND Research Institute, myON (a business unit of Capstone), and Think Through Math. SIIA and FPF will continue reaching out to educators, parent groups and companies over the next several months to promote the pledge and garner participation from other school service providers.

“These commitments clearly and concisely articulate a set of expectations that parents and education officials have for the safeguarding of children’s sensitive data,” said Jules Polonetsky, executive director and co-chair, Future of Privacy Forum. “The Pledge will enhance the trust between families, schools and third party service providers necessary to support the safe and effective use of student information for student, teacher and school success.”