Blackbaud Signs Pledge to Respect Student Data Privacy
Company signs K-12 school service providers pledge to safeguard student information
Charleston, S.C. (April 22, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information.
The Student Privacy Pledge for K-12 school service providers outlines a set of clear and concise expectations that parents and education officials have for safeguarding student data. U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) gathered with school service providers, education organizations and other stakeholders to develop the Pledge with FPF and SIIA.
“Blackbaud is committed to protecting sensitive student data and security,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “The Pledge will better inform our customers, service providers and the general public of our dedication to protecting student privacy.” The Pledge details ongoing industry practices that meet (and in some cases, exceed) all federal requirements, and encourages service providers to more clearly articulate their data privacy practices.
In its role as a K-12 school service provider, Blackbaud commits to:
- Not sell student information
- Not disclose student information for use in behaviorally targeted advertising
- Use data for authorized educational purposes only
- Not change school service provider privacy policies without notice and choice
- Enforce time limits on retention of student data
- Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
- Maintain a comprehensive security program
- Be transparent about collection and use of student data
For more information about the Pledge and how to support it, visit www.studentprivacypledge.org.
Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
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