Committee passes bill banning sharing of data

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin public schools would be forbidden from sharing any biometric data collected from students that could identify them, like fingerprints and retina scans, under a bill that has cleared a state Assembly Committee.

The Education Committee voted 7-3 on Thursday to pass the bill, making it available for the Assembly to take up on its last day in session next week. The bill’s prospects are unclear in the Senate, where lawmakers have shown little to no interest in the issue.

The Republican-backed bill would allow schools to collect the personally identifiable information about students, if parents agreed. However, schools would be barred from sharing the information with state or federal officials.

Democrats who voted against it say they are concerned about unintended consequences.

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