Student Data Privacy

Future Privacy Forum, Data Quality Campaign's Education Privacy Resource Website Undergoes Relaunch

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) recently relaunched the FERPA|Sherpa online hub of education privacy resources.

The website, originally created in the spring of 2014, offers parents, educators, policymakers and others relevant information, messages, tools and best practices related to safeguarding student data. The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will assist the FPF and DQC in delivering the resources to schools and families nationwide.

“Technology and the internet are powerful tools for teaching, learning and family-school communication. At the same time, it is imperative that students’ academic and personal information is protected,” said Laura Bay, National PTA president, in a news release. “It is a top priority of National NTA to safeguard children’s data and make certain that parents have appropriate notification and consent as to what and how data is collected and used.”

The new website includes revamped sections for parents, schools and districts, ed tech companies and policymakers with embedded videos and infographics to explain information.

In addition, there are new sections for students, educators, state education agencies and higher education privacy, according to information from FPF and DQC. Site visitors will also notice a new searchable resource bank with more than 400 education privacy resources, and blogs from teachers, parents, companies and others.

“Stakeholders have created so many great resources and models — some quite recently — and FERPA|Sherpa is the trusted one-stop shop for anyone who wants to access the latest best practices and guidance,” said site author Amelia Vance, who also serves as education policy counsel for FPF, in the statement.

New resources are published every week, according to the FERPA|Sherpa site.

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