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Monday, October 06, 2014

CA Signs Into Law the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA)

On September 29th, Governor Brown of California signed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) into law. This is the first state privacy law that shifts the responsibility of appropriate data use to the vendor. Under the new law, third-party vendors cannot sell student data and cannot use the data for targeted advertisings or to create a profile on students for a non-educational purpose. Online service providers must maintain "reasonable security procedures" and must delete student information at the request of a school or district. Third-party vendors are allowed to use deidentified student data for the "development and improvement of educational sites, services, or applications." Non-profit Common Sense Media aided California in the drafting of the bill. Early reactions indicate a positive response to the new law from both the education sector and industry.