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Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Effects of Emerging Technology on Student Privacy

Yesterday, February 12, 2015, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the House Ed and Workforce Committee heard testimony from a representative of the National Parent Teacher Association, a law professor at Fordham University, a Director of Education and Policy Programs at Microsoft Corp., and the Chief Technology Officer of a public … Continue Reading

New CA State Law Limits Use of Student Education Data

Last week California enacted a new student privacy law–the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SB-1177)—limiting “operators” (defined term) of Internet Web sites, online services, online applications or mobile applications from using student information to create profiles about elementary or secondary school students, from selling student information, or from disclosing covered information.  This appears to … Continue Reading

Federal Trade Commission Takes Interest in FERPA Privacy Protections

While the Federal Trade Commission has recently (August 15, 2012) taken a keen interest in helping parents safeguard their child’s personally identifiable information, the Department of Education has done the opposite in its final regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Indeed, earlier in the year the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) … Continue Reading


The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to void the new FERPA regulations pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act.  EPIC contends that the regs exceed the Department’s statutory authority and requests the court to set aside the regulations.  You can read … Continue Reading