D.C. area schools seek to protect students’ privacy online

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Public school systems offering online-only instruction say they are taking steps to protect student confidentiality while recording lessons, addressing privacy concerns among families.

Using online platforms, school staff have a number of ways to protect student privacy, such as limiting access to recordings, muting microphones, turning off video cameras and allowing families to deny permission to record their children.

“The biggest issue that families might need to be concerned about is that Zoom recordings can include the video feeds of participants as well, leading to potential privacy issues stemming from others being able to essentially see into your home if the recording is posted somewhere accessible to others,” said Brad Hayes, chief technology officer for Circadence, a cybersecurity company.

Shayne Wells, a spokesman for D.C. Public Schools said that live lessons are available for playbook for students and that teachers cannot turn on and record a student’s camera and microphone.

“DCPS also uses technology protection to block or filter internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Content filtering is applied to DCPS-provided devices, but not personal devices,” Mr. Wells said in an …

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