One privacy problem in FERPA today is the ease of acquiring students’ sensitive educational records by third parties. Under FERPA as it is now, Directory Information about students is allowed to be shared with third parties without parental or student consent. In order to stop the sharing of directory information, parents of students younger than 18 must take affirmative steps to opt their children out of directory information sharing. Students 18 and older must take steps to opt themselves out. FERPA Directory Information rules apply at the college and post-graduate level, too. Currently, FERPA opt out is mired in an outdated approach that needs to be updated and reformed from top to bottom.
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
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.
Digital Signage Privacy Principles — The nation’s leading consumer and privacy groups released a set of baseline consumer privacy principles to be included in digital signage networks. The principles were released at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, where World Privacy Forum executive director Pam Dixon spoke about the principles to a large group of digital signage industry professionals.
Download Digital Signage Privacy Principles (PDF) or Read the Principle below —– February 25, 2010 New forms of sophisticated digital signage networks are being deployed widely by retailers and others in both public and private spaces. Capabilities range from simple people-counting sensors mounted on doorways to sophisticated, largely invisible facial recognition cameras mounted in