The danger is real—and so are the lawsuits.
In 2018, the FBI issued a stark warning to school leaders that the proliferation and implementation of educational technologies in U.S. schools, paired with the widespread collection of student data, could have privacy and safety implications if compromised (September 2018, Alert Number I-091318-PSA).
The FBI’s concern proved to be well-founded. In the K–12 Cybersecurity 2018 Year in Review, it reported that unauthorized disclosures of K–12 data held by vendors or partners made up the bulk of the 122 publicly disclosed data breaches in education.
Unfortunately, these breaches have costly implications for districts beyond the loss of data for school districts. It often means the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars—or more—after litigation is complete.
Here are five quick ways to keep data breaching apps from infiltrating your school or district:
Unfortunately, you can’t take any of the proactive steps outlined above if you don’t know what apps and tools are being used on your school devices. Deploying CatchOn enables you to see the apps being used on every school device—whether it’s located in the school building or carried home by students or staff, helping you safeguard your students’ data.
CatchOn, an expansive data analytics tool, has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and has proudly joined the following organizations to support student data privacy: Student Data Privacy Consortium, Future of Privacy Forum, and iKeepSafe.