Privacy Concerns about Student Data Meets Big Parents

Privacy Concerns about Student Data Meets Big Parents

Privacy Concerns about Student Data Meets Big ParentsWith the amount of information we are exposed to and that is available at our fingertips, we are actively living in the present with Big Data. The response is to either embrace it or fight it. Some parents are taking the second choice when it comes to data mining of their children; it’s Big Parents vs. Big Data.

In most states across the US, schools are developing databases full of information about individual students in an effort to improve public education by analyzing this data to determine how children develop and how behaviors at a young age affect future success. Parents of these students; however, are worried that this personal information about their child/children could be leaked and are actively voicing their privacy concerns.

Stemmed from education technology startup, Knewton, this data analytics firm has already peered into the brains of more than 4 million students, monitoring their every mouse click, keystroke and hesitations as children work through digital textbooks. This allows Knewton to record what children know and how they think. The data analytics are so powerful that they can even predict which individual student will struggle with a particular concept in the future.

Politicians who approved this measure did not expect opposition to this degree to the databases. But, with the possibility of limitless amounts of personal information about students getting into the hands of private companies by cybercriminals, children’s personal information has a high vulnerability rate to be shared, sold or mined for profit. And, moms and dads across the nation are not taking too kindly to that.

About the Author

Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.


Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • Videoloft Cloud Video Surveillance VSaaS Solution

    Videoloft Cloud Video Surveillance VSaaS Solution

    Videoloft focuses on transforming traditional professional surveillance systems into cloud connected solutions via the Videoloft Cloud Adapter. 3

  • HID Signo Readers

    HID Signo Readers

    HID Global has announced its HID® Signo™ Biometric Reader 25B that is designed to capture and read fingerprints in real-world applications and conditions. 3

  • ComNet CNGE6FX2TX4PoE

    The ComNet cost-efficient CNGE6FX2TX4PoE is a six-port switch that offers four Gbps TX ports that support the IEEE802.3at standard and provide up to 30 watts of PoE to PDs. It also has a dedicated FX/TX combination port as well as a single FX SFP to act as an additional port or an uplink port, giving the user additional options in managing network traffic. The CNGE6FX2TX4PoE is designed for use in unconditioned environments and typically used in perimeter surveillance. 3