Student Privacy 101:

Student Privacy at the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is committed to student privacy.  We administer the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and we provide technical assistance to help schools and school districts use best practices in their use and management of information about students.  This site aims to assist stakeholders in protecting the privacy of students by providing official guidance on FERPA , technical best practices and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  Responsibility for the Department’s student privacy operations lies in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.  To learn more about FERPA please click on the video to the right.

Student Privacy for...

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Privacy Matters

01/12/2018

This is an FPCO investigation findings letter to Agora Cyber Charter School relating to FERPA requirements when contracting for online educational...

12/07/2017

Letter in response to an inquiry on FERPA regarding a request from a parent for a copy of a suveillance video of a hazing incident involving...

12/05/2017

This letter was sent to Liberty University in regards to a request for clarrification on the extent FERPA would require Liberty University to...

Guidance & Resources

05/22/2018

The administration of college admissions examinations by SEAs and LEAs raises potential legal issues under FERPA, IDEA, PPRA, and State privacy...

06/07/2017

Any organization with electronic records is vulnerable to security breaches, and education agencies are no exception. The PTAC Data Breach...

05/29/2017

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conducted a series of focus groups to gain insight into teachers’ needs for training on student...