NYC schools are tightening cybersecurity. Some educators fear unintended consequences.

Michael Elsen-Rooney reports:

Following two high-profile data breaches, New York City’s Education Department has moved to shore up its cybersecurity protocols, increasing its vetting of software vendors and tightening email access for schools and parent leaders.

Because of the new protocols, the school year has started without approvals for scores of programs, including popular ones like Class Dojo, technology teachers told Chalkbeat.

Meanwhile, roughly 1,000 of the city’s 1,600 or so schools have abandoned school-specific websites and email addresses, and moved their communications under a centrally managed Education Department domain — a move an Education Department spokesperson said was “critical in ensuring the security of students’ personally identifiable information.”

Read more at ChalkBeat.

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