On February 25, 2014, the US Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Center (“PTAC”) released new guidance related to protecting student privacy while using online educational services. The US Department of Education established PTAC as a “one-stop” resource to learn about data, privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to the use of student data. The new guidance summarizes pertinent provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (“PPRA”) and addresses a number of questions related to how best to protect student privacy when using online educational services. In the guidance document, the US Department of Education and PTAC also present some requirements and best practices to use when evaluating the use of online educational services.

On March 13, 2014 from 2:30 to 3:30, the US Department of Education and PTAC will host a joint webinar to review the new guidance document as well as receive public comment about the document. To register for the webinar, go to
http://ptac.ed.gov.  If you require an accommodation to participate in the webinar, please notify Ross Lemke at roos.lemke@ed.gov by March 6th.
A copy of the guidance document can be found in the “Legal References” – Guidance Documents – Federal section of this website or by visiting

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