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PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

June 26, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conducted a series of focus groups to gain insight into teachers’ needs for training on student privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This report documents the findings of these focus groups, as well as recommendations on how to develop new student privacy and FERPA training […]

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Data Breach Response Training Kit

June 9, 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 a simulated […]

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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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Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

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

Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

This document is intended to assist educational agencies and institutions with maintaining compliance with privacy and confidentiality requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by reviewing basic terminology used to describe data de-identification (see de-identification below) as well as related concepts and approaches. In addition to defining and clarifying the distinction among […]

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FAQ: Cloud Computing and Privacy

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

FAQ: Cloud Computing and Privacy

This document is designed to assist educational agencies and institutions that are considering using cloud computing solutions for education data. It contains responses to frequently asked questions about meeting necessary data privacy and data security requirements, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, to ensure proper protection of education records.

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Identity Authentication Best Practices

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

Identity Authentication Best Practices

This brief offers best practice recommendations for developing and implementing effective authentication processes to help ensure that only appropriate individuals and entities have access to education records. General suggestions provided in the brief are applicable to all modes of data access, be it in person, over the phone, by mail, or electronically.

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PII Disclosure Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements

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

PII Disclosure Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements

This document provides guidance for schools, school districts (also referred to as local educational agencies [LEAs]), postsecondary institutions, and State educational authorities (such as State educational agencies [SEAs]) that may disclose personally identifiable information (PII) from education records. The document provides these entities with information about requirements and best practices for data disclosures under the […]

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Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

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

Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

This guidance document provides background information on what an Integrated Data System (IDS) is and why educational authorities may choose to participate in one, and clarifies how such authorities can participate in an IDS while ensuring student privacy in compliance with FERPA.

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FERPA Exceptions Summary

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

FERPA Exceptions Summary

The various exceptions to FERPA can be confusing and difficult to keep track of. The FERPA Exceptions Summary is intended to be a handy visual aid to help identify, at a glance, what FERPA exception applies to the data sharing work you are trying to do.

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SEA Contractor Responsibilities under FERPA

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

SEA Contractor Responsibilities under FERPA

This document is intended for state educational agencies (SEAs) and/or their contracted companies to use to inform the contractors’ staff about their responsibilities to protect students’ personally identifiable information acquired under FERPA’s audit or evaluation exception.

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