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Mass Online Higher Education and Student Privacy

Inside Higher Education has an interesting report today on implications for student privacy, including the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), of the mass online higher education that is happening in response to the COVID-19 crisis.


From Inside Higher Education: "FERPA is technology neutral ... Colleges are allowed to use contractors and consultants for services -- including for online instruction -- but the contracts need to include stipulations to protect student privacy under the law. Most importantly, if the vendor collects any data on its users, the college has to be the owner of that information. This means that the data can only be used or redisclosed at the college's direction."


Read the full article here.

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