Thanks to all of you who came out to the student-data privacy hearing this past Tuesday in the IL House Cybersecurity Committee! There were quite a few parents in attendance and several who testified. RYH Action pushed for this hearing because they have been trying to get a simple data privacy bill passed and have come up against serious opposition from the ed tech lobby and school management groups. We believe parents have a right to know what data is being collected on our children, how it’s being used, and the ability to correct it if it’s wrong, and we don’t think tech companies should be able to profit by selling our kids’ data to entities for marketing purposes. We also think stronger protections are needed to secure our students’ data. These are just some of the data privacy issues that we’re trying to bring to light.
You can view videos of from the hearing here on the Raise Your Hand Action YouTube channel. RYHA Co Executive Director, Cassie Creswell, testified about data breaches and treatment of parents who question if their child’s data is secure or not. She also pressed the Committee to pass a bill with specific policy areas within it. The parent panel shared ways their own child’s data and privacy had been violated within CPS. Shawn Davis, IIT professor and Director of Digital Forensics at Edelson PC, broke down the ways student data is at risk. His testimony was very eye opening and we encourage you to watch the video. We also have video of the entire hearing which lasted a little over 3 hours.
Press coverage of the hearing:
NPR Illinois: Lawmakers Looking At How Public Schools Handle Private Data
Illinois News Network: Lawmakers, parents raise questions about student privacy at Illinois schools
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RYH’s Annual Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 pm
In “the Basement” at Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W 17th St
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Chicago Tribune: Letter: CPS must do more to support students with disabilities
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