Education During a Pandemic: Principles for Student Data Privacy and Equity

Recommendations from 24 organizations seek to provide roadmap for schools to address the student privacy and equity concerns arising from new technologies and data collected to address the COVID-19 pandemic

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Welcome to Student Privacy Compass

Student Privacy Compass (formerly known as FERPA|Sherpa) is the student privacy resource center website. This site is your tool for finding information, news, and opinions on maintaining student data privacy. Student Privacy Compass is an initiative of the Future of Privacy Forum.

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Not sure where to start? These questions provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about student privacy.

If you don’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

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Student Privacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources

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Educator Resources

Educators are the first line of defense in ensuring the privacy of student data. From ensuring sufficient passwords to selecting privacy-protective apps to teaching students about digital citizenship, educators have an essential role to play in securing student information.


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Student Resources

In a time when most students feel like everything is homework, it is important to understand that your student data is one thing that you have some control over. You can take the initiative and explore resources in order to better understand how your student data may be used by others and what kinds of choices you have in protecting your personal information.


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Parent Resources

Parents should be part of the technology planning process at schools and school districts through appropriate committees and consultation. In addition, there are a number of legal and procedural tools that give parents and students rights to their information.


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