WPF files comments on new FERPA student health privacy guidance

The World Privacy Forum filed comments to the US Department of Education regarding its student health privacy guidance published August 18, 2015. The World Privacy Forum supports the DoE guidance, which clarifies how universities and colleges are to handle sensitive student medical records in cases of non-medical litigation. The guidance notes that educational institutions should interpret FERPA in such a way so as to not release student health records to university attorneys or the courts in non-medical litigation.

Our comments also noted that the guidance is not legally binding because it relies on a very outdated FERPA regulation. Until FERPA is updated, the problems of student health data held under FERPA will remain.


Read the comments (PDF, 5 pages)

See the original DoE draft guidance