Issues Student Privacy

Student Privacy

Data-driven innovations and the use of new technologies are bringing advances in teaching and learning but area also generating concerns about how student data is collected and used.  FPF has produced a legal and policy analysis of benefits and risks of technology and data in schools, and is working with stakeholders on efforts to ensure responsible practices.

Our Key Education Projects include:



A compilation of education privacy resources and tools with sections aimed at parents/students, schools, service providers and policymakers.  We are aggregating many of the resources already made available by the Department of Education, as well as other organizations such as DQC, COSN, COSA, Fordham, Berkman, and SIIA.  We are creating resources where there are gaps. Contact us to get involved.


Quick Tips for Education Service Providers

Small players continue to trip up on obvious issues, so we are creating top tips for them…do not say you can update your policy at any time, do not disavow responsibility for third party cookies, etc. This will be posted on the “Service Providers” page of FERPA|SHERPA.


Academic and Policy Papers

We have collaborated with Data Quality Campaign on a paper called, “Student Data: Trust, Transparency, and the Role of Consent.” We have also produced an 80-page law review article, “The Ethics of Student Data Privacy: Building Trust in Ed Tech,” which was published in a special education issue of International Review of Information Ethics.  Upcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review is a paper in cooperation with Omer Tene of IAPP:  Who Is Reading Whom Now: Privacy in Education from Books to MOOCs. This paper shows the need to clearly distinguish privacy-specific questions from broader educational topics such as Common Core, and standarization.

Pledge to Parents and Students

We are working with Congressman Polis and Meser on a bipartisan effort involving  industry leaders, parents and teachers to come together around a set of effective and appropriate expectations and commitments on data privacy in schools.


Mapping Student Data Ecosystem

Produce a visual of where student data is produced, used, and shared in the education ecosystem with a focus on the various companies in this space and the type of data they are using.

Privacy Calendar

all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
10:15 am You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]
all-day PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 all-day
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: “Defining Privacy.”   While the Board will[...]
all-day W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
The Workshop on User Centric App Controls intents to further the discussion among stakeholders of the mobile web platform, including researchers, developers and service providers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection[...]
all-day IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Government and FTC and Consumer Privacy return to Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
9:00 am Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am
The EU Member States have agreed to conclude the negotiations on the EU Data Protection draft Regulation in 2015. The process will have arrived at a critical point by the end of this year. The[...]

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