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Responsibilities of Third-Party Service Providers under FERPA

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Responsibilities of Third-Party Service Providers under FERPA

This document was developed by PTAC to assist online educational services providers, vendors, and contractors in understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Our prior guidance, Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services, was intended for school audiences; this guidance presents the same material, but in a format geared toward third-party service […]

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Transparency Best Practices

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Transparency Best Practices

Parents often ask questions like “What information are you collecting about my child?” “Why do you need that information, and what do you use it for?” or “How do you safeguard my child’s information?” These are legitimate questions that parents want schools and districts to answer. This document provides a number of recommendations for keeping […]

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Data Breach Response Training Kit

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data Breach Response Training Kit

Any organization with electronic records is vulnerable to security breaches, and education agencies are no exception. The PTAC Data Breach Scenario is one of a series of exercises intended to assist schools, districts, and other educational organizations with internal data security training. The Password Data Breach interactive exercise is aimed at district management and provides […]

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Data Security Checklist

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data Security Checklist

This checklist is designed to assist stakeholder organizations with developing and maintaining a successful data security program by listing essential components that should be considered when building such a program, with focus on solutions and procedures relevant for supporting data security operations of educational agencies.

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Model Terms of Service: Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Model Terms of Service: Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center, working with the Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance office, has developed a new checklist document that provides a framework for evaluating online educational tools’ Terms of Service Agreements. This document is intended to assist users in understanding how a given online service or app will collect, use and/or transmit […]

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Best Practices for Data Destruction

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Best Practices for Data Destruction

The Data Destruction document is a best practices guide on properly destroying sensitive student data after it is no longer needed. It details the life cycle of data and discusses various legal requirements relating to the destruction of data under FERPA, and examines a variety of methods for properly destroying data. The guide also discusses […]

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Room for Debate: Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning

April 28, 2017 | The New York Times

Room for Debate: Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning

The NYTimes Room for Debate Opinion column discusses student privacy, with debaters Khaliah Barnes (EPIC), Jules Polonetsky (FPF), Olga Garcia-Kaplan (parent blogger), Richard D. Kahlenberg (co-author “A Smarter Charter”), and Tyler Bosmeny (Clever).

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Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit

April 28, 2017 | The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit

This student data privacy toolkit provides school districts and schools with recommendations on how to most effectively communicate with parents and other stakeholder groups about student data privacy, as well as a host of communications tools that can be used in these communications efforts. All toolkit resources are generalized for blanket use, so areas in […]

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Building a Trusted Environment for Education Technology Products

April 28, 2017 | The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Building a Trusted Environment for Education Technology Products

This paper focuses on the roles and responsibilities of service providers, including education and technology companies, with respect to student data privacy. This paper highlights the reasons why companies should increase their engagement in student data privacy issues, and it suggests high-level tactics and best practices for how to do so. Insights and advice are […]

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