The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) recently released a new guidance to help school districts navigate their obligations to preserve student confidentiality when using online educational services.

PTAC examines the key requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and urges schools to develop policies and procedures for using online educational services. These services can include computer software, mobile applications, and web-based tools that students use to access class readings, to view their learning progression, to watch video demonstrations, or to complete homework, among other activities.

The guidance may be found here.


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