Our co-directors, Cassie and Wendy, are in Springfield this week to work on a number of issues! They will be meeting with Representatives Andrade, Martwick, and Williams to work on a data privacy bill. They will also be meeting with legislators to discuss the possibility of an override vote on the class-size goals bill Governor Rauner vetoed.
HB1295, the Student Information Transparency Act, a bill that RYH Action helped draft. We'll be meeting with the opponents of this bill again next week for further negotiations. You can help us by writing a quick note to your legislators about why action on student privacy is more urgent than ever.
In January, RYH Action wrote a student data transparency bill with guidance from Rachael Stickland of the national group Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. As computer usage and data collection increases in public ed, parents have the right to know who is collecting, storing and sharing what data on their children, and this bill would do just that.Read more
SB3099 is a bill written to benefit the College Board and ACT, Inc, allowing them to sell or rent sensitive student data that they access through questionnaires administered along with tests like the SAT. RYH Action urges parents and privacy advocates to submit a witness slip to oppose this bill in hearing tomorrow (3/12/2018)Read more
In an era of big data and the push for ever-increasing amounts of technology used in and out of the classroom in the public school system, student data privacy is an important issue for families. You can read our outline here of a comprehensive set of legislation that's needed in Illinois to provide adequate protections for students' personally-identifiable information (PII).
Raise Your Hand helped to organize parents successfully in 2013 to stop the InBloom student data project in Illinois. In spring 2017, the IL General Assembly passed the Student Online Privacy Protection Act, SB1796, a bill that RYH Action opposed. You can read more about this bill and why we opposed it here. Although SOPPA includes some protections for student data, it contains many loopholes that favor tech industry profits over protecting the privacy and security of children's personal information.
This session we are working on HB1295, the Student Information Transparency Act. You can read a one-pager about this bill here.
Want to know more? The national group Parent Coalition for Student Privacy has some of the best resources for protecting and advocating for your child and all children's data privacy, including a great new toolkit for helping parents investigate and advocate on this issue.
Is this an issue that interests you? Email us to join our working group on ed tech and student data privacy.
The Student Online Privacy Protection Act, SB1796, does the opposite of what it is intended to: instead of protecting student data, it will write into law tech companies' existing misuse of students' personally identifiable information. For every small benefit children get with this bill, website and app operators get a huge gift. Call your state rep and tell them to vote NO.Read more
Ever more digital data is collected about and from students in public school, and the security and privacy of this data is a major concern for parents. We would love to see robust legislation passed in Illinois that builds on the protections of our existing student privacy law in this new era of big data and ed tech. But SB1796, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act, is not that legislation.Read more