Data privacy and security are issues that I, along with the rest of the eScholar team, take very seriously. Recently, Stephanie Simon, education editor at Politico.com, published an article called “Data Mining Your Children”. In the article, Ms. Simon included a statement about eScholar.
The statement reads:
I believe there is some ambiguity in the Politico article that may lead to concerns among our customers and their stakeholders. Privacy and security are not topics to be ambiguous about, so here are some facts you should be aware of:
eScholar does not, and never has, accessed or shipped data to our servers without our customer’s authorization and, in those cases, we follow strict policies and procedures, agreed upon in writing with our customers on the handling and use of that data.
Customers that deploy eScholar software on their own agency’s servers can be assured that their data is completely under their agency’s control and is not transported to, or stored on, eScholar servers.