LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – If your child is required to use a computer program for school work, is their personal information being harvested and resold by technology companies?
Companies like Google and Facebook routinely and legally re-sell user data collected on their websites.
A bill pending in the Kentucky Senate would prevent the sale of student digital data when the students are assigned to use certain websites or software.
"It's important that we protect really everybody, but this bill addresses students who don't have any say about the software that they use on the computers at schools and it just protects the information that they share,” State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, (R) Hopkinsville said. “Maybe their age, maybe their address, maybe just their gender – maybe what they're learning about maybe what their scores are, for instance."
The bill would require school districts to notify parents what personal information is being transferred to third-party service providers.
A Senate committee unanimously approved the legislation last week.