Back to School: Ensuring Data Privacy

Back to School: Ensuring Data Privacy

As teachers and students head back to school for a new school-year, IT leaders in schools and at edtech companies will face some of their most challenging days. Not only is there a lot of pressure to make sure every classroom is up and running with the technology the students will use; but, there are a lot of new teachers (one district in Florida alone hired 900 new teachers this year) who will be learning how to use these systems for the first time. But behind the scenes, the real pressure is on IT leaders: providing a secure data exchange that prioritizes data privacy.

Understanding the Challenges of Data Privacy in Education

When information about students, teachers, courses, and various aspects of the education system is spread across multiple sources, databases, formats, and systems, this fragmentation can create significant challenges that impact data integrity. Because different systems and databases often use incompatible formats and standards, it can make it difficult to exchange and combine data seamlessly.  The more fragmented data sources there are, the more difficult it becomes to maintain data privacy measures across all of them. This increases the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access as well as potential compliance violations.

The Risk of Traditional Rostering

With most schools connecting to more than 1,200 edtech products, traditional rostering is no longer a viable or safe solution for maintaining data integrity and data privacy. Traditional rostering services exacerbate risk by copying roster data to every edtech vendor that a school contracts with. The increased risk in liability and reputational damage from this approach interferes with the school’s ability to comply with data privacy laws and to protect student and staff personally identifiable information (PII).  PII monitoring helps schools mitigate that risk. School Passport’s dashboard will help you visualize data leaks.

The Importance of Data Privacy

Make back to school more efficient and secure by prioritizing data integrity and data privacy with School Passport. Unlike traditional rostering services or privacy policies loaded with promises, School Passport empowers edtech apps without the need to share student data, providing you with actionable tools to eliminate PII risks. Unlike manually vetting apps for privacy compliance, School Passport empowers edtech apps without sharing student data. We don’t employ simple PII filters. Instead, we handle complex use cases. Learn more:

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School Passport is a data exchange platform that exchanges any data with any EdTech product, eliminates the need to share student PII and is easy to implement for schools and vendors.


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