FTC Settles Student Data Collection Dispute

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 31, 2003

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against the Educational Research Center of America, Inc. stating the company had “collected personal information from high school and middle and junior high school students through surveys,” and used this data “to create lists of students that it sells to commercial entities for use in marketing.” A copy of the settlement agreement reached in this matter is here, and a newly released FTC consumer alert for teachers and school administrators, titled “Student Surveys – Ask Yourself Some Questions,” is available here.

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