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The laws that may affect Florida students' privacy in 2015

As an educator, you have a responsibility to your students that includes keeping their information safe to the best of your ability. You need to keep their privacy respected, and collecting the wrong information can put you at risk of being charged with a crime. One thing you may be interested in knowing about is how the United States is aiming to tighten laws on data hacking and student privacy, so school-aged kids can feel more secure.

One idea that is likely to be proposed by President Obama in 2015 includes rules that prohibit technology companies from profiting on information that was collected in schools. Essentially, he wants to protect students' information from being sold. The proposed law on data hacks would also require companies to report that their data had been hacked within 30 days of finding out.

These restrictions both aim to reduce the number of people hurt by data breaches or targeted marketing campaigns in schools. For example, if a schoolteacher collected all of her students' emails and sold them to a marketing company, those students would then be targeted by online marketing and advertising of whatever type by the company that bought the emails.

The Obama Administration's goals are to reduce identity thefts through higher privacy protection and improved safeguards. This could help everyone, from students to working adults. Of course, if you're on the wrong side of the law and are accused of selling student information, you deserve the chance to defend yourself. Identity theft and selling information could get you in deep trouble in Florida, but with the right help, you can make sure you aren't facing a bias in your trial.

Source: PC World, "Obama aims to tighten laws on data hacking and student privacy" John Ribiero, Jan. 11, 2015

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