This document is designed to assist educational agencies and institutions that are considering using cloud computing solutions for education data. It contains responses to frequently asked questions about meeting necessary data privacy and data security requirements, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, to ensure proper protection of education records.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on privacy, confidentiality, and security issues related to student-level data in local and/or state longitudinal data systems. The answers provided here are intended to assist staff in State and local educational agencies, early childhood agencies, and institutions of higher education that work with and/or contribute data to local or state longitudinal data systems, as well as others who are interested in this subject.
This document is intended to provide general guidance to the State and local educational agencies and institutions about protecting personally identifiable information in education records when publically reporting student data. The paper includes suggestions on how to ensure that necessary confidentiality requirements are met, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
This document provides an annotated list of useful resources on best practices in privacy and data security. The resources are organized into two categories: 1) U.S. Department of Education (ED) resources on privacy and data security and 2) External data security best practices resources. The ED resources section provides a brief overview of the offices within the Department. The External resources section lists government and private sector institutions highly regarded for their expertise in the areas of computer technology, data protection, and security.