January 3, 2019

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AASA Signs Letter to USED and FTC Related to Guidance on COPPA and FERPA

Just before the holiday, AASA joined with 14 other national groups--representing education, business and consumer advocates--to send a letter asking the U.S. Department of Education and the FTC for additional guidance on the intersection of COPPA and FERPA. The final letter was sent to both agencies and can be read here.

In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission hosted the workshop, “Student Privacy and Ed Tech.” The workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders interested in protecting student privacy, with speakers representing districts, companies, and advocates. Almost all participants agreed that more clarity is necessary on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements. However, more than a year later, ED and the FTC have not yet provided that guidance.