As reported today by the New York Times here, we are releasing our research study this morning on “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools.” Districts across the country are widely and rapidly adopting cloud services to fulfill educational objectives and take advantage of opportunities for cost savings and 24/7 services. Disturbingly, privacy protection for the children’s data is essentially lost in the cloud.
Our study looked at all the cloud computing contracts, district policies and parent notices from a national sample of school districts. We focused on K-12 public schools and examined how school districts addressed privacy when they transferred student information to cloud computing service providers.
The key findings are: [Read more…]