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One hundred thousand US schools maintain great volumes and varieties of sensitive information on some 55 million students -- not just names, addresses and Social Security numbers, but also intimate details of a student's life, such as health data, teacher and counselor notes, discipline records and, of course, grades.
The US Department of Education (DoE), the agency charged with establishing and enforcing federal education policies, in April announced a series of initiatives aimed at safeguarding student privacy.
As part of this effort the agency hired its first-ever chief privacy officer (CPO), Kathleen Styles. With just six months on the job, Styles is heading up a new division called Privacy Information and Records Management Services, dedicated to advancing the acceptable collection, use and disclosure of information within the department.
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