YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (April 27, 2015) – Turning Technologies, the leading partner for learning engagement and assessment services, announced it has joined the growing list of education service providers to sign the Student Privacy Pledge.  Introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association, the pledge is a commitment by school service providers to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance and use of student personal information.

The Student Privacy Pledge holds providers accountable in the proper management of student data. Signatories commit to not sell student information, not engage in target advertising, to use data for authorized, education purposes only, not change privacy policies without notice and choice, enforce strict limits on data retention, support parental access to, and correction of, errors in, their children’s information, provide comprehensive security standards and accordingly be transparent about collection and use of data. Commitments are intended to note ongoing industry best practices that firmly uphold and exceed all federal requirements and to encourage service providers to clearly communicate with parents, teachers and education officials on the use of student data and measures taken in order to properly safeguard it.

In addition to Turning Technologies’ participation in the Student Privacy Pledge, the company has recognized the growing concerns many institutions face regarding the protection of student data and the need to secure educational records from unauthorized disclosures as legally defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In an effort to address security concerns, the latest release TurningPoint was developed to help institutions comply with FERPA by ensuring that sensitive information is accessed only by users with verified accounts and designated access to encrypted files. The software has been independently verified for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers with relevance to the collection, use and protection of education records

“The Student Privacy Pledge aligns directly with the mission of our company to collect critical data for use in meaningful ways, in order to effectively support instruction and learning opportunities,” said Turning Technologies’ CEO Mike Broderick. “We proactively engineered new security features in our most recent product releases with a goal to be good stewards of data. We also leverage the renowned security of the Amazon Web Services infrastructure and employ recognized industry best practices that will help institutions comply with FERPA policies. We are excited to take a proactive approach by signing the pledge and demonstrating our commitment to student privacy.”

About Turning Technologies:
Turning Technologies is the leading global partner for learning engagement and assessment services focused on measurably improving teaching and learner success. Our solutions manage, enhance and deliver instructional and assessment content in ways that improve learner success while collecting critical data for use in meaningful ways. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, over 20 million response devices have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities, government agencies, military bases and businesses worldwide. In 2013, Turning acquired industry pioneer eInstruction with more than 30 years of experience and a diversified solution to expand both its market share and product offerings across all industry segments. The combined portfolio of clicker systems, polling software, assessment platforms, interactive whiteboards and professional development services are designed to inspire achievement each and every day. Founded and based in Youngstown, Ohio, Turning maintains global offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; Fort Wright, Kentucky; Paris, France; Belfast, Ireland; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Learn more at www.TurningTechnologies.com.

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