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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

01/22/2020

Letter on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure by IHEs or postsecondary institutions of...

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...

Guidance & Resources

01/23/2020

**We appreciate your patience as we updated and enhanced our FERPA Training modules!  Due to the high demand for training, we are opening up...

12/19/2019

The U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated joint...

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...