To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Vote YES on HB 169
Date: Thu Mar 06 04:19:16 MST 2014
Dear Utah State Legislature House Education Committee members,
As a very concerned parent whose child currently attends a Utah public school, I expect you to vote yes on HB 169, Student Privacy Act, sponsored by my representative Jacob Anderegg.
Students naturally own their personally identifiable information, and it's a violation of their individual rights, an invasion of their privacy, and a usurpation of parental authority for school representatives (teachers, administrators, or other employees) to collect, store, and aggregate information about any student without the explicit consent of that student's parent/guardian. Other than the 13 points of allowable student data as specified in lines 60-74 of the bill, students' personal information is exactly that -- PERSONAL -- and is therefore outside the purview of any school representative who does not have the explicit consent of each individual student's parent/guardian.
Again, I expect you to vote yes on HB 169 and thereby reaffirm what should actually be obvious and unnecessary to state: that parents -- not schools -- have ultimate authority over and responsibility for their children, as students or otherwise, including ownership and control of student personal information. Thank you for your attention and cooperation on this important issue -- I look forward to seeing this bill pass easily out of committee.
Lehi, Utah, USA