Other Resources for Service Provider Guidance

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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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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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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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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Online Course: Data Privacy? Get Schooled.’

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Online Course: Data Privacy? Get Schooled.’

An online course “Data Privacy? Get Schooled.’’ that discusses the value of data and offers recommendations for safeguarding student data while using it to improve student success.

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Building a Trusted Environment: A Snapshot of State Laws on Student Data Use, Privacy and Security

April 28, 2017 | The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Building a Trusted Environment: A Snapshot of State Laws on Student Data Use, Privacy and Security

From state policymakers to teachers and parents, everyone is contemplating how best to collect, store, utilize and protect student data. Building a Trusted Environment: a Snapshot of State Laws on Student Data Use, Privacy and Security can serve as a resource for policymakers and advocacy organizations as they examine the wide variety of state-specific student […]

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