The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is in dire need of reform. In so many ways, the statute fails to address the key issues that schools are facing. In this essay, I will address how FERPA’s shortcomings impact a specific issue – cloud computing.
Cloud computing is an issue of major importance for education. Increasingly, school systems, colleges, and universities are finding it advantageous to move to cloud computing solutions for managing the extensive repositories of data they possess and the numerous information and communications services they provide.
Regarding cloud computing, FERPA fails in many ways to provide the kind of guiding hand that good regulation should provide.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc