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California Imposes Strict Requirements on Collection and Use of Student Data in SOPIPA

Continuing to establish itself as the most progressive state in the data privacy arena, California has passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (“SOPIPA”).  The law imposes some of the strongest restrictions on the use of students’ information online to date.  SOPIPA will become effective January 1, 2016 and website operators, app developers and educational tech entrepreneurs should take steps to ensure compliance with the new law.  This post will highlight the key facets of SOPIPA, namely, to what data it applies, to whom it applies and the restrictions and obligations it imposes on the use of data.

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