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CS/CS/SB 188 — Education Data Privacy

by Judiciary Committee; Education Committee; and Senators Hukill, Negron, Bradley, Simpson, Flores, Brandes, Stargel and Montford

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Education Committee (ED)

The bill implements changes proposed by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) in its report on Student Data Privacy Recommendations. Students and parents must be provided with annual notice of their educational privacy rights.

Agencies or institutions (i.e., K-12 schools and agencies that provide administrative control or services) are prohibited from collecting or retaining information regarding the political affiliation, voting history, religious affiliation, or biometric information of a student, parent, or sibling of a student. The bill creates a limited exemption to permit a school district that used a palm scanner on a certain date to continue to use the scanner for one additional school year.

The DOE must establish a process for assigning a non-social security number as a Florida student identification number. Once DOE completes the process, a school district may not use social security numbers as student identification numbers in its management information systems.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect upon becoming law.

Vote: Senate 38-1; House 113-1