Other Resources for Parental Rights

Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

September 10, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

As you send your child off to start a new school year, you may have questions about how your child’s teachers are using new technologies, such as tablets, computers, apps, or online learning platforms. What kind of information will they collect, and how will it affect child’s privacy? With all of the new educational technology in classrooms, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. Here are the 7 most important questions that parents should ask about student privacy during this school year.

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New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

June 7, 2018 | Amelia Vance

New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) just released the study, “Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,” which examines the practices of data brokers who buy and sell information about students. In the study, the authors describe existing privacy laws, map the commercial marketplace, and describe the challenges of understanding how data about students is collected and used.

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Dept of Ed: Schools Cannot Require Parents or Students to Waive Their FERPA Rights Through Ed Tech Company’s Terms of Service

January 20, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Dept of Ed: Schools Cannot Require Parents or Students to Waive Their FERPA Rights Through Ed Tech Company’s Terms of Service

A just-released letter regarding the Agora Cyber Charter School might signal that a FERPA compliance crack-down – frequently mentioned as their next step after providing extensive guidance by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) employees at conferences throughout 2017 – has begun. The Agora letter provides crucial guidance to schools – both K-12 and Higher Ed – and ed tech companies about how USED interprets FERPA’s requirements regarding parental consent and ed tech products’ terms of service, and it may predict USED’s enforcement priorities going forward.

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Guía para padres sobre la privacidad de datos del estudiante

October 17, 2017 | Future of Privacy Forum, National PTA, and ConnectSafely

Guía para padres sobre la privacidad de datos del estudiante

Vivimos en un mundo que cada vez está más conectado, en el que la información fluye entre nosotros, las organizaciones y las compañías con las que tenemos tratos diarios. Históricamente esa información se guardaba en un armario archivador pero, hoy en día, la mayoría se guarda en computadoras que a veces son accesibles por Internet. […]

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Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

June 14, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

As K-12 school use of technology and data increase, parents and other stakeholders are asking more questions about what personal student information is collected, how it is used and secured, and with whom it is shared. Often school privacy practices have not kept pace. Even if they have, often school communications practices have not. Yet, […]

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U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

June 7, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

This website (relaunched in June 2017) provides resources on student privacy and FERPA from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Education. Resources are sortable by audience type.

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Model Webpage: Cambridge Student Data Privacy

May 29, 2017 | Cambridge Public Schools

Model Webpage: Cambridge Student Data Privacy

Cambridge Public School’s student data privacy website. This website has sections on why student privacy matters (for both district staff and for families); a list of the pre-approved apps and other resources; a place for staff to request new resources; professional development resources; legal resources; resources for parents to keep children safe online at home; […]

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