Education Department Announces New Safeguards
STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.December 6, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) has released new regulations to strengthen the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to better protect student privacy while allowing states to share data to help determine how effective educational investments have been. Speaking to the importance of such data, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted, "At the same time, the benefits of using student data must always be balanced with the need to protect students' privacy rights and ensure their information is protected." The regulations include increased ability for the DoE to "more effectively hold those who misuse or abuse student information accountable for violating FERPA."