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Accord reached on teens’ data

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Attorneys general from 42 states, including Utah, announced Thursday they settled with a nonprofit organization that allegedly sold personal information from high school students to businesses.

The National Research Center for College and University Admissions obtained personal information from students through surveys distributed through high school teachers, guidance counselors and the Internet, according to a statement from the Utah Attorney General's Office.

In the settlement, which in addition to the state attorney general's office involved the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, NRCCUA agreed to explain truthfully in all documents how information will be used, stop use of survey data if a parent or an adult high school student opts out of completing the survey and notify schools if it changes the policy to use data for other services, the statement said.