Privacy and Security for Online Programs

As social distancing continues, many programs for kids are going online - but how do we protect privacy and security? Isn’t there some sort of online child privacy law? Are video conferencing platforms really safe? Amelia Vance, the Director of Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum, will go over potentially applicable laws, risks, and best practices to help your staff as you begin to serve kids virtually. Among other topics, Amelia will discuss privacy and security risks and ways to mitigate them, helping kids develop “digital resilience,” and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.


Amelia Vance is the Director of Youth and Education Privacy for the Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit focused on consumer privacy.  Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Amelia advises policymakers, academics, companies, districts, and states on child and student privacy law and best practices; oversees the Education Privacy Resource Center website and the review of applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge; and convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools.

She is a regular speaker at education and privacy conferences in the U.S. and abroad, has testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee, and been invited to present for the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission. She is part of the New York State Education Department Data Privacy Advisory Council, the Maryland Student Data Privacy Council, and the OECD expert group reviewing the draft Recommendation on Children in the Digital Environment.  Prior to FPF, Amelia was the Director of the Education Data & Technology Project at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).


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