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New education role focuses on protecting Ga. students' data

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ATLANTA (AP) - The state's new chief privacy officer says she plans to focus on training school districts in the importance of collecting and protecting data on Georgia students.

Levette Williams was appointed to the new Department of Education role this week by State Superintendent Richard Woods after handling similar responsibilities with the agency since 2000.

A bill passed this year created the title and put the department's existing policies for protecting student information into state law. Lawmakers say that makes schools statewide consistent.

Student privacy bills have been introduced in 46 states this year, according to the nonprofit Data Quality Campaign tracking the issue. One official with the group calls Georgia's new law the most comprehensive example.

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