What We Will Discuss: Student
Privacy Rights on Campus Students’ Use of Social Networks Student Records and Privacy School Use of Third Party Online Vendors Tracking Students Public Relations & Privacy Issues
Not suggested! Not only is
the case law all over the place, various states are debating legislative proposals to address this issue. Additionally, the Terms of Service of sites like Facebook expressly prohibit this activity.
“LMSD is enjoined from accessing
or reviewing any student-created files contained on student laptops (including but not limited to documents, e-mails, instant messaging records, photographs, Internet usage logs, and Web browsing histories) for any reason except as permitted by the policies and regulations contemplated by paragraph 7 of this Order or otherwise pursuant to a signed consent form that clearly and conspicuously sets forth the ability of LMSD to access or review such files.”
Example: Obama Administration proposal that
would have allowed sharing students' personal information with other state officials and private entities for a broad spectrum of activities without the consent of parents. May just be the beginning of these types of proposals.
Social Media Amplifies Broadcast Potential
Policies should be in place for parents taking photos with smartphones and sharing on social networks. Consider the implication for children in situations where parents may have protective or other restraining orders.
“Personally identifiable information” is information
that identifies a particular person. “Pii” includes: • Full name; • National identification number; • IP address; • Vehicle registration plate number; • Driver’s license number; • Face; • Fingerprints; • Handwriting; • Credit card numbers; • Digital identity; • Date of birth; • Birthplace; and • Genetic information.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Requires websites to get parental consent before collecting or sharing info for children under 13. Enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. Applies to commercial websites and other online services.
Social Media Privacy Act Enacted
to protect students at universities and employees from the demand of usernames and passwords. On the horizon - may be amendments to apply to K-12 schools (exemptions for instances involving bullying investigations)