The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (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.
For easy access to guidance materials for parents, educators, and service providers on FERPA and privacy regulations. View guidance materials.
Protecting Student Privacy
The U.S. Department of Education is committed to student privacy. We administer the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and we provide technical assistance to help schools and school districts use best practices in their use and management of information about students. This site aims to assist stakeholders in protecting the privacy of students by providing official guidance on FERPA , technical best practices and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Responsibility for the Department’s student privacy operations lies in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.
Visit the Protecting Student Privacy site and review the resources available. Protecting Student Privacy site.
New York State Education Laws for Data Privacy and Security
Education Law 2-d
The New York State Education Department released regulations that foster privacy security of personally identifiable information (PII) of students and certain PII related classroom teachers and principals. PII cannot be sold or disclosed for marketing or commercial purposes and minimize the collection, processing, or transmission of PII.
Part 121 was adopted into Education Law 2-d. The additional areas include the below.
•Data Collection Transparency and Restriction
•Bill of Rights
•Complaints or Unauthorized Release
•Data Security and Privacy Standards and Plan
•Designated Data Protection Officer
•Reporting and Notifications