Family Educations Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Consumer Tips: How one single school opt out can greatly improve your kids’ privacy

Q: Why is my kid’s email and home address being sold on a marketing list? I didn’t give permission for this information to be released! How did this happen?  This kind of sharing could happen unless you proactively opt out of allowing schools to share the information they keep on your kids such as their

WPF Files Comments on Deeply Flawed FERPA Proposal

Educational Privacy and FERPA — The WPF filed detailed comments on the U.S. Department of Education\’s notice of proposed changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. WPF has concerns that the increased sharing of student information that the proposed rule will allow will diminish student privacy in a significant and permanent way. WPF is urging the DOE to amend its proposed rule to establish increased privacy protections for sensitive student information held in databases and elsewhere.

Public Comments: May 2011 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act FERPA

The WPF filed detailed comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of proposed changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. WPF has concerns that the increased sharing of student information that the proposed rule will allow will diminish student privacy in a significant and permanent way. WPF is urging the DOE to amend its proposed rule to establish increased privacy protections for sensitive student information held in databases and elsewhere.

Major Changes Weaken FERPA

Educational Privacy — The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, FERPA, has been amended substantially. The proposed amendments have been published and are open for comment until May 23, 2011. The current changes impact students’ medical, educational, and informational privacy interests. WPF will be filing detailed comments on FERPA, including how the proposal interacts with California privacy laws. We will be posting additional materials on commenting soon.

Top Ten Opt Out list updated

Opt-out and how-to — The popular WPF Top Ten Opt Out List has been newly updated. We have added a new section to our list with step by step details on how to opt out of RapLeaf. We encourage consumers to view any of their profiles that exist at RapLeaf and to opt out of RapLeaf permanently. We have also updated the phone numbers and other information on the rest of our opt out list. To see more, visit our Opt Out List.