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Blumenthal Resolution Recognizes February 17 as Digital Learning Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today sought to affirm the importance of student data privacy by recognizing February 17, 2016 as Digital Learning Day.

Last night, Blumenthal and Daines successfully passed a bipartisan resolution recognizing February 17 as Digital Learning Day. The senators’ resolution, which passed by unanimous consent, highlights the many ways in which technology can enhance the classroom experience while striking the right balance in protecting the personal information of students.

“As classrooms across the country adopt new learning technology, parents and students deserve to know that their personal information will not be hawked for revenue or exposed to hackers,” Blumenthal stated. “Digital Learning Day celebrates the opportunities from, and advancements in, classroom technology, but it also serves as an important reminder of the pressing need to enact strong privacy protections for student data. I will fight for steps to build on this resolution and protect student data, including the SAFE KIDS Act I introduced with Senator Daines.” 

Blumenthal and Daines are also the authors and sponsors of the SAFE KIDS Act that protects student privacy by establishing clear parameters for third-party operators when using data collected from students. The legislation empowers parents to control access to their children’s information.

The full text of the senators’ resolution is available HERE.


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