Other Resources

Resources on federal laws protecting student privacy

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): see U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office website at familypolicy.ed.gov/ferpa-parents-students

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA): U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office website at familypolicy.ed.gov/ppra

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA):, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services website at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/osep-idea.html

National School Lunch Act (NSLA), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service website at www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/history_5

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions

Resources for parents and advocates

For guidance and resources, the U.S Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center website at ptac.ed.gov

To access resources about “personalized learning” and limiting your child’s screen time, visit the Parents Across America website at parentsacrossamerica.org

For more information about the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) Student Privacy Project, visit epic.org/privacy/student

To learn about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy initiative, see  www.eff.org/issues/student-privacy

To read the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy report, visit www.eff.org/files/2017/04/13/student-privacy-report.pdf

The ACLU advocates for stronger privacy rights for students among others; see www.aclu.org/map/takectrl-nationwide-privacy-push

Resources to share with schools and school districts

Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy offers a classroom curriculum on student privacy at  www.fordham.edu/info/24071/privacy_education

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is a professional association for school technology leaders with a student data privacy and security toolkit at cosn.org/sites/default/files/CoSN-Privacy-Toolkit.pdf

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is a collaborative of schools, districts, regional and state agencies addressing solutions to student data privacy concerns.  More information here: https://secure2.cpsd.us/a4l

For privacy evaluations of specific educational software and programs, check out www.commonsense.org/education/privacy


Other resources

Guidance for Schools Issued on How to Keep Parents Better Informed on the Data They Collect on Students

US Department of Education, July 2014

Data  and the Cloud: A Legal and Policy Guide for School Boards on Student Data Privacy in the Cloud Computing Era

National School Boards Association, April 2014

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices

Privacy Technical Assistance February 2014

Letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Senator Edward Markey (MA)

January 13, 2014

Student Privacy Survey

Common Sense Media and Benenson Strategy Group, Jan. 2014

Student Privacy: Harm and Context

International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE), July 2014

The Ethics of Student Privacy: Building Trust for Ed Tech

International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE), July 2014

Massachusetts Department of Education – agencies and outside organizations they have shared student data with since 2012

Mass DOE, 2014

Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools

Joel Reidenberg, et. al., December 2013

FERPA and the Cloud: What FERPA can learn from HIPAA

SafeGov.org by Daniel Solove, December 17, 2012

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis

US Department of Education, September 2010