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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FTC Voices Concern for Potential Sale of Student Data by ConnectEdu

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a letter of concern to the court handling the bankruptcy case of education technology company, ConnectEdu. There is concern that the twelve years of student data, including personally identifiable information (PII) could be sold by ConnectEdu as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. The FTC letter stresses the existing privacy policy of ConnectEdu that states, "In the event of sale or intended sale of the Company, ConnectEDU will give users reasonable notice and an opportunity to remove personally identifiable data from the service." The letter also highlights that this privacy policy would also apply to any purchaser of ConnectEdu and asks the court to bear this in mind.