US Senators Release Draft of Changes to FERPA

Last week, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, proposed the Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014 in effort to update laws protecting student information in the digital age. The draft of the bill would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

If passed, the bill would

  • mandate new data-security safeguards for private companies
  • prohibit the use of personally identifiable student information for advertising
  • provide parents with the right to access and amend their children’s information
  • require districts to maintain a record of all the outside companies that have access to student information
  • require that all personally identifiable information held by outside parties eventually be destroyed

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.