Education, Privacy, and IT: A Conversation that’s Just Getting Started

As IT recruiters and IT staffing companies continue to find IT jobs flooding their inboxes and IT pervades most aspects of life, one question becomes more urgent: How do we deal with the legal quandaries of an IT-centric world?  One area where this is of particular concern is in education.  More IT in education has a lot of positive effects: it creates new jobs for technical recruiters and IT staffing firms to fill, new opportunities for students, and cheaper and more environmentally friendly materials for students and teachers.  It also creates some questions about the privacy of the students, especially the younger students, who use this technology.

Recently, the US government has stepped in with some progress towards dealing with these issues.  Since IT won’t get any less pervasive in education in the future, new bills are being created.  The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is one of the first bills to address these issues.  The bill suggests a few ways that student information should be made available and unavailable to parents and tech companies.  Though the bill seems unlikely to pass, especially in this first draft, IT professionals, IT recruiting companies, and IT staffing agencies will continue to see more legislation proposed to protect student privacy.  This bill is only the start of a long conversation to come—one that involves the IT field, Education, and the government.


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