Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BREAKING: Federal Department of Education Issues Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy

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Seal of the United States Department of Education (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know about FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g, and its regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 99. This law protects personally identifiable information about students and pertains to access to educational records.

Today the Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center issued new guidance on Protesting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services. The guidance lays out what is required as well as what is best practice when using computer software, mobile "apps" and other online services.

You can review a summary in the Department's press release here. You can read the 14 page guidance document here.

For more general information on student privacy, you should review the PTAC website
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