Pavlov bills protecting student privacy headed to governor

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday gave final approval to bills sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov to protect student privacy and regulate how student data is shared.

“The incredible growth in online education means more student data than ever before is being collected, stored and shared,” said Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “We must be vigilant about safeguarding this information, and that’s what these bills do.”

Senate Bill 33 would regulate how the Michigan Department of Education, the state Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), and school districts collect, store and disclose student data and prohibit them from selling personally identifiable information in a student’s education records to any for-profit business.

The bill also requires disclosure to parents, upon request, about how their students’ data is or could be shared.

SB 510 would create the Student Online Personal Protection Act. The law would establish a number of requirements for operators of K-12 Internet websites, online services, online applications and mobile applications.

These websites, online services and applications would be prohibited from using targeted advertising, building a profile about a student, selling a student’s information and disclosing information about the student unless it’s for legal, regulatory, judicial or safety reasons.

They would also be required to protect student information through reasonable security procedures and to delete a student’s personally identifiable information if the school or district requests deletion of the data.

SBs 33 and 510 were approved by both the Senate and House of Representatives and await the governor’s signature.