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Oregon Student Privacy Bill Heads To House Floor

<p>Technology teacher Doug Bundy at Raleigh Hills School, in Beaverton. </p>

Rob Manning

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Technology teacher Doug Bundy at Raleigh Hills School, in Beaverton.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum threw her support behind legislation aimed at protecting student online privacy Thursday. The bill is attracting criticism in the state House.

Senate Bill 187, or the student privacy bill, aims to stop vendors from using their software to advertise to students, or to collect and store students' personal information.

The bill passed the Senate without opposition. But it barely cleared the House Education Committee along party lines, this week, with conditional support from Rep. Jeff Reardon, D-Portland.

"I will give a courtesy 'yes' vote to my esteemed chair, and out of respect to all my colleagues who have worked hard on this," said Reardon Wednesday. "But I do reserve the right to be a 'no' on the floor."

Republicans on the committee have say the student privacy bill may discourage software companies from doing business with Oregon schools. Supporters say there's a similar law in California, and software companies are likely to yield to the market leverage of Oregon and California.

The bill is headed to the House floor.

Copyright 2015 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.