The data will be "de-identified," meaning it won't include student names and Social Security numbers, and the Seattle Times says it only wants the data to "help reporters and editors spot trends that might be newsworthy."
Still, privacy experts are concerned, KUOW reports, because even "de-identified" data can be used to identify people. Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is also concerned, telling the station he wasn't aware of the deal. And, KUOW reports, this isn't a new thing:
As schools collect more student and staff data, it’s increasingly being given to outside entities for analysis and storage. That alarms parents and educators, who worry the data could be used to identify their children, fall into the wrong hands or be used for commercial purposes.
Who holds the data, and how securely, is the question of the moment. But with governments, private companies, and newspapers all getting hacked these days, here's a question I have for Slog readers: