Student Data Privacy Laws
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.
Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.
E-Rate and CIPA
Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)
Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.
What is SOPPA? An Introduction to the Student Online Personal Protection Act
What is SOPPA?
What happens to the student data that we send to a third-party vendor? Information like names, birthdates, etc… may be provided by District 69 to a third party like NWEA MAP, etc… What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student’s data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.
As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.
Board Policy 7:345 Use of Education Technology; Student Data Privacy and Security
In the event of a data breach regarding student information, details will be provided here.
Under SOPPA you have a right to:
- Request to inspect and review your child’s covered information, whether it is maintained by the District, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), or an operator.
- Request a copy of your child’s covered information, in electronic or paper form.
- Request corrections to factual inaccuracies contained in your child’s covered information.
To make a request, please contact Chris Miller by emailing email@example.com
Data Privacy Agreements
District 69 leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is a unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories, and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. Read more about the SDPC here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our student’s data. More information is available here.