The Associated Press reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed SB1177, a bill concerning student privacy rights:
SB1177 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, prohibits companies from using students’ personal information for profit.
It makes companies responsible for protecting any personal information that they gather from elementary and high school students through websites, online applications and other services.
The bill requires providers to use the data only for school purposes and bans the sale of students’ personal information to advertisers and third parties.
Brown also approved a related bill, AB1584, by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, that says student information collected by outside companies remains the property of school districts.