Chicago Tribune Company v. University of Illinois Board of Trustees

Brief of Amicus Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) In Support of Appellant and Urging Reversal

EPIC Urges Seventh Circuit to Protect Students' Privacy Rights

EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in Chicago Tribune v. University of Illinois, a case involving student privacy rights protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"). EPIC's brief argues that Congress intended to protect student records, including admissions files, from unauthorized release and that Illinois' open government law must yield to the federal privacy law. While investigating alleged corruption in the admissions practices of the University of Illinois, the Tribune sought documents from the University under Illinois' open government law. The University denied the Tribune's request, stating that the requested documents contain the personally identifiable information of students and are thereby protected by federal law. A lower federal court found that Illinois law required the documents to be released. The Department of Justice has also filed a brief in support of student privacy in the case.

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Published In: Conflict of Laws Updates, Education Updates, Privacy Updates

Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, 7th Circuit | United States