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Student Data Privacy

Important Data Privacy Laws

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.

Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.

Video:  FERPA 101

Video:  COPPA 101

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA)

Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.

Protects the privacy and security of student data when collected by companies operating websites, online services, or online/mobile applications primarily used for K-12 school purposes

Video:  CIPA 101

Video:  SOPPA 101

What is SOPPA?

What happens to the student data that we send to a third-party vendor? Information (names, birthdates, etc..) may be provided by West Central CUSD #235 to third parties like ASSISSTments, Code.org, IXL, etc. What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.

As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.

West Central District #235 leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a unique collaborative of schools, districts, and providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts and obtain DPAs with operators who handle our student's data.

West Central CUSD #235 DPAs


Additional Resources:

Student Date Privacy Laws - PDF

Student Online Privacy Protection Act - PDF

Common Sense Media

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