Here's What an Update of a Key U.S. Privacy Law Could Mean for Schools

In the era of YouTube, Fortnite, and Snapchat, does one of the main federal laws protecting online privacy for kids under 13 need a makeover?

Schools Collect Tons of Student Information. Deleting It All Is a Major Challenge

States and districts should create comprehensive data inventories and adopt clear retention and deletion policies, recommends the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Why Is FERPA Compliance Training Important?

Protecting our privacy is becoming more difficult every day. For you, as a student, parent, or staff member, FERPA exists to give you guidelines to […]

States Earn Low Grades on Student-Data Privacy Protections From New Report Card

A recent report that analyses the thoroughness and quality of student-data privacy laws passed in the U.S. may be more misleading than it is illuminating.

Trump School Safety Commission: Time to Update FERPA

Schools should share more student information with law enforcement in order to protect students during emergencies, according to a federal school safety commission.

Inspector General Blasts U.S. Ed. Department's Handling of FERPA Complaints

The backlog of student-privacy complaints from parents goes back years, an audit found, and the department lacks basic controls and procedures.

Reorganization of U.S. Ed. Department's Privacy Office to Take Effect in Early 2019

The Office of the Chief Privacy Officer will be dismantled, and a new Privacy Policy Office will be responsible for technical assistance and FERPA enforcement.

In the News: Lurking on School Sites

Cross-posted on the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center blog: https://k12cybersecure.com/. As quoted in: Moore, E.K. “The Information on School Websites Is Not as Safe as You […]

In the News: The Problems with FERPA and COPPA

As quoted in: Schaffhauser, Dian. “The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning.” T.H.E. Journal. 5 December 2017. Doug Levin, president of EdTech […]

The COPPA Rule, FERPA, and the Security of Student Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Education have recently announced their intent to host a joint workshop on ‘Student Privacy and […]

There Can Be No Privacy without Security

If there is an Achilles' heel to a future of robust personalized learning for all K-12 students, it is the uneven attention to the cybersecurity […]

New Student Data Privacy Toolkit Encourages Parent Advocacy

The toolkit, released by the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, identifies best practices for schools and districts.

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