It took outraged parents and the U.S. Dept. of Education five years, but the DOE ruled on the side of families and protecting youth. A new FERPA judgment clarifies children’s digital data will be better protected and schools held accountable.
Recent news has alerted us to the vulnerability of online data. Tech companies’ practices and profits are in question. Clearly, education is enhanced by today’s technology. The downside comes when a student’s personally identifiable information is put at risk.
What happened? Parents were required to sign a waiver allowing a child’s PII to be shared in a manner that didn’t protect his or her data. Parents dug in because FERPA standards were being ignored.