Laws and Regulations Archive

May 20, 2016

Department of Education Data Sharing Toolkit for Communities

The U.S. Department of Education released the”Data Sharing Tool Kit for Communities: How to Leverage Community Relationships While Protecting Student Data Privacy.” The tool kit will help engage civic and community leaders that wish to use data collected to improve academic performance while protecting student privacy.

May 5, 2016

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

iKeepSafe has made available a new SOPIPA badge for education service providers to help them communicate to schools, parents and other stakeholders that they are responsible with student data and are complying with the laws that govern student privacy.

April 21, 2016

Common Sense Media SOPIPA FAQ

Common Sense Media has released their SOPIPA FAQs with the intent to help educate parents, teachers, and educational service providers about California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act. In the FAQs, Common Sense shares its ideas for the SOPIPA best practices.

January 13, 2016

Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Connect Safely, and the National PTA are proud to announce that the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy is now available in Spanish, both on-line and in hard copy formats. Last year, FPF partnered with ConnectSafely and the National PTA to create the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. […]

January 13, 2016

Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the Student […]

September 21, 2015

State Laws

Education is typically a local matter, handled state-by-state.

September 21, 2015


ESRA provides funding for state longitudinal data systems but expressly prohibits the creation of a “nationwide database of individually identifiable information on individuals involved in studies.”

September 21, 2015


PPRA restricts the non-educational uses of student data by requiring explicit parental consent before students can participate in any kind of government-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation covering particularly sensitive topics ranging from political and religious affiliations to sexual attitudes and behaviors.

September 21, 2015


COPPA assures that children under 13 years of age do not share personal information on the Internet without the express approval of their parents.

September 21, 2015


Enacted in 1974, FERPA establishes requirements for protecting student education records.