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Why does privacy matter?


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Federal Law Law updated February 24, 2017

This is a federal law that has to do with a  student’s directory information and their school records.

FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in a student's education record that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information could include:

    • name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, and grade level;

    • participation in officially recognized activities and sports;

    • weight and height of members of athletic teams;

    • degrees, honors, and awards received; and

    • the most recent school attended.

A school may disclose directory information to anyone, without consent, if it has given parents: general notice of the information it has designated as "directory information;" the right to opt out of these disclosures; and the period of time they have to notify the school of their desire to opt out.



This is a law that affects websites and the collection of personal information from children. How does this affect a classroom teacher? If you choose an educational App / Website that requires users to create a username and password, then you must check their Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Because you requested your students use the site to support the curriculum, then you must have the parents sign a permission form for their child to use it clearly stating it collects student information and have the parent’s create the student’s ID and password.



The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that K–12 schools and libraries in the United States uses have filters to protect children from online content unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors. 47 U.S.C. §254 (I)(1)(A)(iv