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  • NJ A1272
  • "Student Online Personal Protection Act." *
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill is entitled the "Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act." The bill concerns student information collected or generated by a school service which is defined in the bill to mean an Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application that is used to aid in the administration of activities of public or nonpublic schools and that is designed and marketed for those purposes. Under the provisions of the bill an operator of a school service is prohibited from: · presenting students or parents with targeted advertisements that are selected based on information obtained or inferred from the students' online behavior or use of online or mobile applications, or personally identifiable information about the student maintained by the operator; · selling a student's personally identifiable information to third parties or collecting this information for purposes unrelated to educational instruction; and · disclosing a student's personally identifiable information except in the specific instances outlined in the bill and in accordance with rules prescribed in the bill. In addition to the list of prohibited practices for an operator of a school service, the bill also sets forth certain actions that an operator is required to perform, including: · disclosing publicly and to public and nonpublic schools to which the operator provides a school service, the types of personal information the operator collects or generates, the purposes for which information is used or disclosed to third parties, and the identity of these third parties; · establishing procedures for parents and system users to access and correct certain information; · establishing, implementing, and maintaining security procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of student information; · deleting certain student information within a specified timeframe upon the request of the public or nonpublic school serving the student or a request from the student's parent; · deleting student information within a specified timeframe after the operator ceases to provide the service to the public or nonpublic school; and · implementing policies and procedures to respond to data breaches, including notifying the Department of Education and, as appropriate, students, parents, and public or nonpublic schools of the breach. The bill requires the Commissioner of Education to provide public and nonpublic schools with guidance and technical assistance with respect to preventing and responding to data breaches involving unauthorized acquisition of or access to students' personally identifiable information. The commissioner is also required to submit a report annually to the Governor and the Legislature on the number, scope, and nature of the data breaches about which the department receives notice from operators in accordance with the bill's provisions.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
6/15/2017 A Reported from Assembly Comm. as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
6/15/2017 Assembly Education Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 A-4983 (Caride) (pending intro and referral))
6/5/2017 Assembly Education Hearing (19:00 6/5/2017 )
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 0 4
Detail 6/15/2017 Assembly Education Committee: Reported with Substitution 9 0 2