There has been a 500% increase in the usage of remote proctoring tools during the pandemic. These tools collect massive amounts of data on test takers, often without their knowledge. EFF is proud to sponsor S.B. 1172, the Student Test Taker Privacy Protection Act (STTPPA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation authored by Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, to place limits on what they collect and provide students the right to their day in court for privacy violations.
Despite concern from federal lawmakers and California’s Supreme Court, no meaningful data protections have been put into place to protect the privacy of test takers. Join us in telling the California Senate to vote “yes” to advance this important bill to protect student privacy.
The STTPPA directs proctoring companies not to collect, use, retain, or disclose test takers’ personal information except as strictly necessary to provide proctoring services. If they do not, the student has the opportunity to take the proctoring company to court. This simple bill gives those directly harmed by privacy violations—test takers—the opportunity to protect their data and privacy.
S.B. 1172 is a California bill. If you're outside of the state of California, please consider urging your state legislators to act on similar bills. Please sign up for updates from EFF for future opportunities to take action in your jurisdiction.
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