On March 26th, Senator Chad Barefoot filed SB 535 (Study Student Online Data Privacy).
The bill would form a study committee to inspect and investigate issues around the protection of multiple aspects of student data being collected in North Carolina, including what third parties have access, disclosure and protection process and Cloud based data.
In 2014, Senator Barefoot authored a student data privacy bill (SB 815) which was signed into law. Given the invasive nature and data collection inherent in HB 13 and the data collection machine in use by NC DPI currently, this study of student data is very timely.
The filed text is brief:
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO STUDY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON ISSUES RELATED TO ENSURING PRIVACY OF ONLINE STUDENT DATA.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall study issues related to protecting elementary and secondary student data and personal information online, in cloud‑based services, and in other electronic applications which collect student data. The study shall include, but is not limited to, the use of elementary and secondary student data and personal information by third parties, sale of elementary and secondary student data and personal information, and transparency in disclosure of privacy policies in online, cloud‑based, or electronic application services targeted at students in elementary and secondary schools.
The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall report on its findings, including any recommended legislation, to the 2016 Session of the 2015 General Assembly.
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.