Published Online: May 19, 2014
Published in Print: May 21, 2014, as U.S. Senators Release Draft of Changes to Privacy Law

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U.S. Senators Release Draft of Changes to Privacy Law

In the hope of upgrading the security of sensitive student information held by private companies, a bipartisan pair of U.S. senators last week released a draft of a bill that would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Among other changes, the proposed Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014, issued by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would mandate new data-security safeguards for private companies; prohibit the use of personally identifiable student information for advertising; and provide parents with the right to access and amend their children's information.

The proposed revisions to FERPA would also require districts to maintain a record of all the outside companies that have access to student information; promote "data minimization"; and require that all personally identifiable information held by outside parties eventually be destroyed to prevent them from maintaining permanent dossiers on students.

Vol. 33, Issue 32, Page 4

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