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Relating to restricting the use of personally identifiable student
information by an operator of a website, online service, online
application, or mobile application used for a school purpose and
providing an exemption from certain restrictions for a national
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 363 would require any operator of a website or online service, including an application or mobile application, approved or adopted by the TEA that possesses personally identifiable information of a student to use the Texas Student Data System or a successor system to mask all personally identifiable student information. The bill would also require that any operator of a website or online service that conducts business with a public school to follow all state regulations regarding student data sharing including established data masking standards. A national assessment provider that gives information for employment, educational scholarships, financial aid, and postsecondary educational opportunities would be exempt.
Texas Action supports HB 363 which uplifts individual liberty by creating safeguards to prevent providers of online services to school districts from using their services as datamining operations to collect private data of students. If schools are going to utilize online services for remote learning or other purposes, they have a responsibility to protect the data of their students.