U.S. Education Department Issues Guidance on Student Data Privacy

Benjamin Herold, , Mar 03, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As summarized by , "the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance Tuesday on the proper use, storage, and security of the massive amounts of data being generated by new, online educational resources." The guidelines are relatively complete, referring to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as a baseline, identifying what information may be disclosed, and looking at exceptions (such as click-wrap licenses). Though it is U.S.-specific, the document provides a good guideline for other jurisdictions.

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