Consumer Reports writes in support of SB 1172, to protect the privacy of data collected by test proctoring services in an educational setting. For over 80 years, Consumer Reports has worked with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We are strong proponents of public policy that bolsters consumers’ privacy, and it is within this framework that we support this bill, which would uphold and expand privacy protections consistent with the intent of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This bill would protect the privacy of students’ test data by default, by requiring businesses providing proctoring services in an educational setting to limit its collection and sharing of data to what is reasonably necessary to provide the service. By passing this bill, legislators can ensure that students are better able to enjoy the privacy rights that are guaranteed to them under the California constitution.
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