“Big Data” for Educational Institutions: A Framework for Addressing Privacy Compliance and Legal Considerations

Educational institutions at all levels have begun to realize that they hold a treasure trove of student-related information, that if analyzed using “Big Data” techniques, could yield valuable insights to further their educational missions. However, Big Data projects using student-related information can implicate significant privacy issues. The impact of applicable privacy laws and existing privacy-related policies should be taken into account well before engaging in a Big Data project. The following is a framework for analyzing high-level legal considerations and action items for educational institutions considering Big Data projects involving student-related information.
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