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Need for New Student Data Privacy Laws Subject of CEA Forum

State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Rep. Gail Lavielle, Rep. Kathleen McCarty, and Rep. Pam Staneski were among representatives attending today's CEA forum.

Education Committee members Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Rep. Gail Lavielle, Rep. Kathleen McCarty, and Rep. Pam Staneski were some of the many lawmakers attending today’s CEA forum.

“Connecticut is at a critical juncture when it comes to student data privacy,” Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center told legislators, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens gathered today at a CEA Forum on data privacy. “You have an important opportunity to come up with meaningful solutions to these issues.”

The absence of strong state and federal laws has put the safety, privacy, and civil liberties of children and families at risk, and that brought nearly 100 people to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to learn what can be done to stop data mining of educational records and protect student privacy.

“The importance of this issue was really brought home to me by concerned parents,” said state Representative Andrew Fleischmann, co-chair of the legislature’s Education Committee and moderator of the first half of the forum. “They did not think sufficient protections are in place.”

Fleischmann was one of many legislators who attended the forum, expressing support for new state laws to protect students’ privacy. “The legislators here today, and others who are not here, are very committed to this issue,” Fleischmann said.

Fleischmann and his Education Committee co-chair Senator Gayle Slossberg plan to introduce a student data privacy bill this legislative session, which begins February 3. Read more