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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Privacy Matters

10/29/2019

Letter to a Michigan state legislator on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to state reporting...

04/12/2018

Letter to School & College Legal Services of California in regards to a question about whether FERPA permits a school district to disclose...

01/12/2018

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

Guidance & Resources

03/26/2019

The Data Destruction Document is a best practices guide on properly destroying sensitive student data after it is no longer needed.  It details...

02/05/2019

This guidance document consists of thirty-seven commonly asked questions about schools’ and school districts’ responsibilities under FERPA...

12/20/2018

The Department is committed to protecting student privacy. To provide more timely and effective assistance to parents and students and to address...