Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act US Department of Education (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The U.S. Department of Education administers the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and provides technical assistance to help schools and school districts use best practices in their use and management of information about students. 

U.S. Department of Education Protecting Student Privacy
The U.S. Department of Education is committed to protecting student privacy. We administer and enforce student privacy laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). In addition, we provide technical assistance to help schools and school districts safeguard information about students. 

NYSED Data Privacy and Security Webpage
Provides information on Laws (NYS Education Law 2-d, FERPA, PPRA) and Regulations as well as resources for educational institutions and parents on data security and privacy of student records, including the Parents Bill of Rights. The Parents’ Bill of Rights informs parents of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security, and the use of student data.

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