Digital Learning Companies Falling Short of Student Privacy Pledge

Natasha Singer, New York Times | BITS Blog, Mar 06, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I would like to say I hoped for some other result, but really, could we have expected anything different. There's far too much money to be made selling student data for any of them to worry about following some pledge nobody noticed anyways. “Parents and educators who don’t have the training to test for themselves wouldn’t be able to tell which companies have reasonable security and which do not,” Mr. Porterfield said in a phone interview on Wednesday, “and that makes it hard to trust the pledge.”

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