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California Breaks New Ground in Education Privacy Law with K-12 Student Data Privacy Bill

A substantial rise in schools’ use of online educational technology products has caused educators to become increasingly reliant on these products to develop their curricula, deliver materials to students in real time, and...more

PAC Limits Public Bodies’ Authority in Regulating Public Comment Period

On September 4, 2014, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office released a binding opinion through its Public Access Counselor (PAC) that public bodies cannot require speakers to provide personal information such as a home...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #5

..School discipline. The California legislature has passed a law that, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (or not vetoed by him before the end of September), would significantly expand privacy protections for students from...more

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that deal with protecting the privacy of students'...more

Student Forced To Wear “Shame Suit” After Violating School Dress Code

Another school year has begun and it seems like the debate over school dress codes shows no indication of stopping. The most recent dress code controversy to grab national attention involves fifteen-year-old Miranda...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidelines On Collecting Student Data

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education released the Transparency Best Practices for Schools and Districts, a new set of guidelines created to improve relations between school districts and parents surrounding school...more

California Sets the Curve with New Regulations on Collection and Use of Student Data

When one thinks of the use of technology in school, often the first image that comes to mind is of students sending ill-advised Snapchats and making in-app purchases that line the pockets of the Kardashian family, rather than...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Look to Fair Credit Reporting Act for Private Relief from Data Breaches Involving Health Information

A recent class action brought against the University of Miami (“University”) previews what could become an emerging trend among plaintiffs’ class action attorneys to seek damages for the unauthorized disclosure of personal...more

Pass or Fail? Sens. Markey and Hatch Introduce “Protecting Student Privacy Act” Seeking to Amend FERPA, Increase Protection of...

On July 30, 2014, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., made good on his earlier promise to beef up the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to provide heightened protections for student educational records...more

Public Records Act Did Not Require School District To Produce Student Academic Growth Over Time Scores That Identified Individual...

The California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles Unified School District v.The Superior Court of Los Angeles County (July 23, 2014) 2014 WL 3615855, --- Cal.App.4th ---, recently held that unredacted academic growth over time...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Regulatory Activity - Online Skills Academy - Last week, the Department of Education announced its collaboration with the Department of Labor to develop a $25 million grant competition for an Online Skills...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Raises Questions About Cell Phone Searches in Schools

The long-standing test for searching students at school requires that the search must be based on a “reasonable suspicion” that the student violated a school rule or law. A recent criminal decision from the United States...more

House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Data Mining and Student Privacy

Today, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint...more

Louisiana’s recent enactment of the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Following in the footsteps of several other states including Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin, Louisiana recently enacted the Personal Online Account...more

Update on Recent FOIA and OMA Illinois Supreme Court and Attorney General Opinions

- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. - The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more

Perspectives - June 2014

In This Issue: - Staying in Compliance While Giving or Receiving Electronic Health Record Systems - When Donations Cross the Line - House Bill 296 Signed into Law to Increase Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors...more

Iowa Case Highlights Often Overlooked Risk of Releasing Personal Emails in Public Records Requests

As a frequent advisor to school districts on freedom of information requests, the question I face most often is how a public body can protect a sensitive document from release. ...more

Louisiana Bans Access To Employees' Social Media

On May 22, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law. The Act, effective immediately, prohibits employers from requesting or requiring access to the personal online...more

Confidentiality and Title IX

In OCR’s April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, OCR referenced a covered institution’s obligations in the face of knowledge of sexual harassment/misconduct and a victim’s request for confidentiality and/or that the institution not...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - May 2014

“Crossover” Complete - The General Assembly’s May 1 “crossover” deadline requires bills to move from one legislative body to the other or require a two-thirds vote for consideration in the receiving chamber for bills...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notice Law That Adds Extra Protection for Student Information while inBloom Withers

The world of the 1987 movie Robocop largely remains science fiction – except, perhaps the central character’s ability to access massive amounts of confidential personal data through the strike of a keyboard or even his helmet...more

FTC Continues to Update COPPA FAQs - This Time, Guidance for Schools

As part of our ongoing updates on guidance the Federal Trade Commission offers through its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to its updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, we note that recently...more

FTC Changes COPPA FAQ To Provide New Guidance On Consent And Data Collection In Educational Settings

On April 22, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) website to provide additional information on how operators can collect students' personal information—in compliance with the...more

FTC Updates COPPA FAQs to Address Education Space

The FTC has just published updates to the COPPA FAQs, the Commission’s compliance guide for businesses and consumers, to address the applicability of COPPA and the Amended COPPA Rule to educational institutions and businesses...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Law - New Law Limits Cloud Service Providers’ Collection of Student Data

Kentucky is the 47th state, along with the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, to enact a data breach notification law requiring business entities to notify individuals of security breaches...more

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