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Securing Student Data in the Age of Generative AI

Executive Summary Excerpt

The integration of educational technology in schools has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. According to the Edtech Top 40 report by Instructure over 2500 Education Technology applications were used in schools across the country. Alongside this trend, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in classrooms has experienced a rapid surge. Reach Capital identified at least 280 EdTech tools incorporating Generative AI into their applications. These AI EdTech platforms rely heavily on the data they collect from users, including students and teachers, to provide personalized learning experiences and insights. The data could include sensitive information about students such as academic performance, behavior patterns, and personal preferences. This accumulation of data could expose students to potential risks, including unauthorized access, data breaches, and misuse of personal information. Currently, we have seen over 1600 data breaches in school districts across the country and it will only increase with AI UK’s National Cyber Security Centre warns that “Artificial intelligence (AI) will almost certainly increase the volume and heighten the impact of cyber attacks over the next two years”.

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