Bloomberg Law
April 6, 2020, 10:01 AMUpdated: April 6, 2020, 5:54 PM

‘Explosion’ in Distance-Learning Tech Sparks Privacy Worries (2)

Daniel R. Stoller
Daniel R. Stoller
Senior Legal Editor

The new coronavirus pandemic carries privacy risks for educators and technology companies that rushed to implement distance-learning apps to avoid canceling the school year.

The schools and companies can face legal jeopardy if they fail to notify parents or get their permission before using some platform capabilities, such as examining student downloads or assessing pupils’ performance with analytics.

“There is little time for true diligence or compliance vetting” when schools rush to use apps in an emergency, said Beth Jones, head of Womble Bond Dickinson’s education law team, which advises schools on compliance matters.

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