Most parents and students do not know that under the law as it is now, Directory Information about students can be shared with third parties without parental or student consent. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act determines what kinds of information schools can share with third parties. Although directory information may sound innocuous, it can include information about each student that is quite detailed. Directory information can include:
Schools increasingly provide students with more health services. Health clinics, counselors on site, administration of drugs, and vaccinations are among the types of healthcare offered on school campuses ranging from kindergarten through graduate school. Given that schools may have sensitive health information, what law covers health record privacy for school records? The answer is important. It is also messy, because two laws can apply to this information. In some cases, no privacy law applies to the health records.
President Obama has announced that the White House will propose legislation for educational privacy reform. The administration needs to start with the basics and get FERPA right once and for all, because currently, FERPA is not doing the job it was intended to do. Here’s a backgrounder on this educational privacy cornerstone.
WPF is attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. We’re focusing on privacy and health and fitness technology, smart home tech/Internet of Things, and education and kid tech. Throughout the week we will be bringing you a stream of thoughts, images, and short videos via our Twitter and Instagram feeds. After the show, we will
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.