Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools

Organization: Berkman Klein Center
Published: March 1, 2017
We have compiled these materials to explain and clarify three key federal student privacy laws and their impact on ed tech adoption and use, so that you can create meaningful learning experiences with core faculty and staff constituencies. The laws are the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act or “FERPA” (20 U.S.C. § 1232g), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or “COPPA” (15 U.S.C. § 6501), and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment or “PPRA” (20 U.S.C. § 1232h) . The materials proceed in two parts: (1) Privacy and Student Data: An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Connected Through Networked Technologies (the “Guide”) , which summarizes FERPA, COPPA, and PPRA in a user-friendly question & answer format, and (2) hypothetical scenarios in this “Companion Guide”—involving classroom teachers, curriculum directors, and tech directors—that aim to bring key takeaways to life from the Guide.