Has your inbox been inundated with privacy policies and statements of disclosure for the software or websites you use? If so, you are not alone. Recent changes to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has triggered a flood of companies to make sure they are in compliance with these new European Union regulations. Nitasha Tiku from Wired Magazine wrote an article entitled Why Your Inbox is Crammed Full of Privacy Policies. In the article, she goes in-depth into why we are all receiving these email notifications and what they all mean.
In the past, all software would usually be approved by your Information Technology (IT) department, who would make sure the installed software complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Michele Molnar, an associate editor for EdWeek Market Brief, recently wrote an article called Most Ed-Tech Products Don’t Meet Minimum Criteria in Their Privacy Policies, Report Finds . The article highlights the efforts by CommonSense.org, best known for the digital citizenship curriculum, to help address this issue.