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Kan. legislators show bipartisan support for Student Data Privacy Act

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.

Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill meant to protect electronic data compiled by schools from being misused.

Senate Education Committee gave unanimous support Tuesday to Senate Bill 367, known as the Student Data Privacy Act.

The bill would ensure that data collected on students can be shared only with parents and authorized personnel from school districts, the Board of Regents and state agencies. It school districts from collecting biometric data, such as finger prints or DNA.

The measure is meant to protect kids from identity theft or other violations of privacy.

“There’s so much out there that we want to make sure what’s documented stays documented, and belongs to the individual to protect their privacy,” said Sen. Dan Kerschen, R-Garden Plain, a member of the committee. “Pretty easy to be bipartisan on that.”

Reach Bryan Lowry at 785-296-3006 or blowry@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BryanLowry3.

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