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Hastings fights to protect student privacy rights

hastings 041216SPRINGFIELD—Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) passed legislation that would protect private information of K-12 students throughout Illinois.

Senate Bill 229 would establish the Student Online Personal Protection Act. The legislation would prohibit the operator of a website or online service from using student data for anything that is not furthering the mission of the K-12 institution.

“Student data that was entrusted with companies should not be abused,” Hastings said. “Companies should not be using information they received for educational purposes to then try and make money off the students or their parents.”

Any violation of the legislation would constitute an unlawful practice for which the attorney general may take appropriate action under consumer fraud laws.

The legislation now moves to the House for further consideration.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

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Majority Caucus Whip
19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Energy and Public Utilities (Chairperson); Executive Appointments; Executive; Insurance; Judiciary; Subcommittee on Election Law; Subcommittee on Gaming; Subcommittee on Special Issues (EP) (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Firearms (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Tort Reform (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.

Associated Representatives:
Margo McDermed
Debbie Meyers-Martin