Effective July 1, 2021, school districts will be required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85). Note that SOPPA also places new expectations on the Illinois State Board of Education and operators of online services or applications.
Below is a high-level overview of the new requirements. Please refer to the legislation for specific timelines and components of each element.
School districts must:
1. Annually post a list of all operators of online services or applications utilized by the district.
2. Annually post all data elements that the school collects, maintains, or discloses to any entity. This information must also explain how the school uses the data, and to whom and why it discloses the data.
3. Post contracts for each operator within 10 days of signing.
4. Annually post subcontractors for each operator.
5. Post the process for how parents can exercise their rights to inspect, review, and correct information maintained by the school, operator, or ISBE.
6. Post data breaches within 10 days and notify parents within 30 days.
7. Create a policy for who can sign contracts with operators.
8. Maintain reasonable security procedures and practices.
Agreements with vendors in which information is shared must include a provision that the vendor maintains reasonable security procedures and practices.
Legislation Brief: Student Data Privacy Laws (Illinois and National)
Legislation Brief: Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)
"What is SOPPA?" (YouTube video)
Learning Technology Center of Illinois: Data Privacy & SOPPA resource hub
"SOPPA for Teachers: How To Be A Partner In Protecting Student Data" (Recorded Webinar)