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EPIC Files Suit To Block FERPA Amendments

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 2, 2012

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and several co-plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education (DoE) alleging its recent regulations to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act "exceed the agency's statutory authority and are contrary to law" and seeking to have the regulations set aside. Prior to the release of the regulations in December, the DoE had sought public comment on the changes, and EPIC notes it "submitted extensive comments, addressing the student privacy risks and the agency's lack of legal authority to make changes to the privacy law without explicit congressional intent."
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