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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.

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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  • Short Training Module: Ransomware in Schools

    Jan 10, 2022Hannah Quay-de la Vallee

    Training materials on preparing for, preventing, and mitigating ransomware attacks.

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  • Student Privacy Primer

    Oct 5, 2021

    This primer explains the concepts of student data, including who uses the data and why they use it; data privacy in general; student data privacy; student data…

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Student Resources

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  • What is the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment?

    Oct 13, 2021

    An informational video on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

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Parent Resources

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  • Data Privacy and the Student Data Warehouse

    Apr 12, 2022Michael Brown, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, School of Education, Iowa State University

    Executive Summary Institutions of higher education in the US have increasingly relied on digital technologies that help to collect, archive, and circulate dat…

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  • THE DATAFIED STUDENT: Why Students’ Data Privacy Matters and the Responsibility to Protect It

    Apr 12, 2022Kyle M. L. Jones (MLIS, PhD) • Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

    Executive Summary Some higher education institutions (HEIs) are developing their educational data mining and analytic capacities, while others are purchasing …

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Local Education Agency Resources

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  • What is the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment?

    Oct 13, 2021

    An informational video on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

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The Student Privacy Compass aims to provide a one-stop shop for education privacy-related resources to all stakeholders in the student privacy conversation: students, parents, educators and education agencies, the edtech industry, and policymakers struggling to grapple with the ever-changing student privacy legal landscape.

Where Do I Start?

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.

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