Senators Raise Concerns Over Data Privacy with Online Learning Amid COVID Closures

Three democratic senators—Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut—sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Education (DoE) on March 24. They ask for cybersecurity and online privacy guidance as the outbreak of COVID pushes more classes online.

There are roughly 56.6 million American students currently studying in grades K-12. With statewide school closures now in effect every state except for Maine, Nebraska, and Iowa, the vast majority of these learners are currently using education technology to learn from home.

Calling for Caution and Guidance with Online Privacy

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