Oct 01 2014
Utah Senator Introduced Legislation to Close Loophole in Federal Law to Protect students, provide tools to parents when information is shared with third parties
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the California Legislature for passing the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act to protect students’ online data. Hatch, along with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act in July to strengthen federal law to prohibit the sharing and use of private student data to third-party vendors, as well as to provide parents with clear information about where their children’s information is stored.
“It’s good to see that states are taking the important initiative to safeguard student’s data, and it’s time the federal government follows suit to tighten federal laws that govern student privacy,” Hatch said. “The legislation Sen. Markey and I introduced in July does that by closing a loophole in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It’s the right step to take and I hope Congress acts soon to protect students’ privacy.”
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation:
“I appreciate Eric Holder’s service as Attorney General, even though we did not agree on every issue. I hope President Obama will consult with members of the Judiciary Committee about who he will nominate to be the next Attorney General, and I look forward to participating in the confirmation process.”