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The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission participated in a workshop on the challenges of balancing the protection of students’ personal information with using technology in the classroom, Education Week reports. The topics covered included the definition of students’ personal information, whether educational tech vendors should be allowed to use the information they gather to improve their products, and the best ways for schools to uphold parents’ legal right to access and delete data collected on their children. The FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Acting Director Thomas B. Pahl said the two agencies will continue to discuss the issue, with the possibility of providing additional guidance if needed.
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