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Student Privacy: USDE Guidance for Software, Mobile Apps, and Web-based Tools (April 2014 School Leader Update)


On February 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education, through the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), issued new guidance on the proper use, storage, and security of data being generated by third-party providers of online educational resources. The guidance addresses privacy and security considerations relating to computer software, mobile phone apps, and web-based tools provided by a third party to a school or district that students and/or their parents’ access via the internet and use as part of a school. The guidelines provide recommended best practices to schools but are not binding and contain no new legal regulations.

For the full guidance document, click on the following link:

To learn more information about data privacy, confidentiality and security practices related to student data, go to the PTAC website at

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 20, 2017 at 11:56pm.