• Melissa O'Brien

Sometimes a Blurry Picture is a Good Thing...

"Student Privacy Pledge to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The commitments are intended to concisely detail existing federal law and regulatory guidance regarding the collection and handling of student data and to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate these practices." -StudentPrivacyPledge.org

Photo of a redacted video in order to protect student privacy

What is Redaction Software? Facial recognition software is quickly sweeping the nation and can easily identify or verify a person using online images or video. Many stores, schools, and offices are using facial recognition software to keep locations safe.

Redaction software is also needed by schools for in the event of an incident so that officials can identify those involved. However, it is important to protect the privacy of students in the background of footage. This is why we have Redact for Edu, redaction software created with a school's needs in mind.

When incidents happen, often police and other people are involved and must watch the footage to find evidence, but what about the privacy of those in the background? Redact for Edu allows school officials to blur the faces of those in the background of a video. This software is necessary in order to follow government regulations to provide privacy of those not involved in an incident. 

Redact for Edu is a robust, cloud-based, automated video redaction tool. 

Sometimes, a blurred picture is a good thing – when it comes to surveillance video and protecting the privacy of individuals who are not subjects of interest.  

A school in Michigan found themselves in a sticky situation of needing a video redacted for student privacy but did not have any redaction software, especially not software with the ability to blur faces. Unfortunately, this school ended up paying upwards of $5,000 for the redaction of a single video through a legal firm.


Student privacy and protection is at the forefront of our mind, as well as the government's regulations. We must stay aligned with legal regulations about student privacy in the event of an incident. 


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