New Student Privacy Website (July 2017 School Leader Update)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) announced a launching of its new website in June. This new website replaces both the legacy PTAC and the Family Policy Compliance Office’s (FPCO) sites, and further represents a reorganization of the offices at the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) into the Student Privacy Protection and Assistance Division (SPPAD). This new division will encompass PTAC and OCPO staff, serving as a centralized office responsible for providing best practices and technical assistance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other topics related to student privacy. The FPCO will retain its role in investigating FERPA complaints and undertaking enforcement actions.
The website contains all previous resources and guidance from PTAC and FPCO and also reorganizes things to make it easier to navigate for the users. There is an online search function and the ability to initiate the complaint process online. There is also a section with recent webinars.
PTAC is a great resource for any issue that LEAs or SEAs have that relates to data privacy and protections. They have great FAQs and examples of data sharing and data privacy agreements.
The Student Privacy Website can be found at: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov.