💬 Digitally Literate #225

Replied to Digitally Literate #225 by wiobyrne

Parents at a public school district in Maryland have won a major victory for student privacy. Tech companies that work with the school district now have to purge the data they have collected on students once a year.

Experts say the district’s “Data Deletion Week” may be the first of its kind in the country.

We have to wonder why this doesn’t happen elsewhere in Pre-K up through higher education.

Another great read Ian.

I was particularly taken by the piece about erasing kids’ data. In particular, I was intrigued by what data is deleted.

While not all student data is deleted that week, the district works to clean much of students’ digital slates over the summer, including data collected by Google and by GoGuardian, which tracks students’ web searches, according to Peter Cevenini, the district’s chief technology officer.

The district demands more than a vague assurance from tech companies that the data has been erased: “They send us a certification that officially confirms legally that the information has been deleted from their servers,” Cevenini said.

I would assume that students would still have access and ownership over their content and that it is the periphery that is stripped out? Imagine if instead of simply deleting, students were actually given insight into the data that is both captured and deleted?

Hope all is well,


One response on “💬 Digitally Literate #225”

  1. Thanks Aaron! I agree with you. I would like to see a space/place where students start building, and own their data as they create it over time. By shifting the responsibility to the user, and taking it away from the silos…we not only teach learners how to exist in these spaces, but also give them power over their data.

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