Student Digital Privacy

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Learn more about student digital privacy regulations and how to navigate this challenging regulatory landscape.

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What is Student Digital Privacy?

Safeguarding the privacy of students is now more important than ever, but it comes with its own set of challenges for ed tech providers. Unlike the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, student digital privacy regulations extend beyond the age of 13.

The key federal regulation, the Family Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA) has been in effect since the 1970’s and its provisions are still in force. Today, educational technology providers must navigate numerous state laws related to student privacy, and more children are learning online.

The regulatory landscape is changing: across all fifty states, there are over 100 state privacy laws that apply to K-12 students, and more are under consideration every legislative session.

About SDP

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Federal laws are not the only source of requirements for providers with student users. While FERPA and the PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment) are the main federal laws governing student privacy, state-level laws such as SOPIPA (Student Online Personal Information Protection Act) in California and district-level data use agreements are driving a challenging set of requirements for ed tech providers.

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FERPA violations can result in the loss of federal funding, and data-related contract violations with districts have resulted in lost business.

 

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Student data privacy law has a focus on data security and on ensuring that the student’s information is not used for commercial purposes. Violations of these laws can lead to penalties and brand damage.

 

 

How do I comply with SDP?

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Student digital privacy requires that ed tech providers adhere to specific guidelines regarding the collection and handling of personal information. Here are some tips on how to comply:

  • Ensure compliance with COPPA which applies to all users 12 or under. To learn more about our FTC approved COPPA safe harbor, click here.
  • Make sure your privacy policy is an accurate reflection of your data use and collection.
  • Address the key requirements of all federal, state, and district-level regulations.
  • Understand what constitutes education records.
  • Ensure that you maintain written agreements with the third-party service providers you use.
  • Be prepared to fulfill requests from districts for the return of student data.
  • Maintain an accurate log of occasions when student data has been accessed.
  • Implement reasonable security measures to safeguard the confidentiality and integrity of student data.
  • Provide parents access to review and request deletion of student data.

 

PRIVO’s Student Digital Privacy Assured Program

Work alongside our experts to ensure your services are compliant
while meeting your business or organizational needs.

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PRIVO will support your organization to navigate the complex challenges of student privacy at a time of significant change for ed tech. 


As policy makers nationwide adapt to the groundswell of reliance on learning technology, PRIVO supports ed tech providers not only to meet regulatory requirements but to stay a step ahead while meeting their organizational or business needs.


Our experts will support to help define solutions to the most challenging privacy issues. Ed-tech providers that meet the requirements of the program will be awarded a privacy assured trust mark and an official listing in PRIVO’s Discovery Platform, showing the world that it meets the highest standards of privacy for students and schools.

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