Kansas House approves student data privacy bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has passed legislation aimed at restricting the identifiable information collected on public school students.

The measure also specifies who may view such information, including parents and certain government agencies.

Wednesday’s 119-4 vote returns the bill to the Senate, which approved it earlier in slightly different form.

Proponents said the bill would help protect students’ identities and limit the disclosure of information collected about them to specific agencies, including local school districts, the Kansas education department and public health agencies.

Legislators have raised concerns that data would be used inappropriately and shared with the federal government or other entities without parental consent.

The bill requires a report on the law’s implementation to be submitted to the governor and legislators in 2015.

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