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FERPA and the Cloud: Why FERPA Desperately Needs Reform | EDUCAUSE LinkedIn Group

FERPA and the Cloud: Why FERPA Desperately Needs Reform | EDUCAUSE LinkedIn Group | BThatcher: FERPA | Scoop.it

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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A Few Things about E-FERPA | EDUCAUSE.edu

A Few Things about E-FERPA | EDUCAUSE.edu | BThatcher: FERPA | Scoop.it
Probably no statute affects higher education more, but is understood less, than the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act, or “FERPA,” the primary federal law that regulates how we handle our records about our students.
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The Department recognizes that no system for maintaining and transmitting education records, whether in paper or electronic form, can be guaranteed safe from every hacker and thief, technological failure, violation of administrative rules, and other causes of unauthorized access and disclosure. Although FERPA does not dictate requirements for safeguarding education records, the Department encourages the holders of personally identifiable information to consider actions that mitigate the risk and are reasonably calculated to protect such information.



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Georgia Tech Wipes Class Wikis From Web - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Georgia Tech Wipes Class Wikis From Web - The Chronicle of Higher Education | BThatcher: FERPA | Scoop.it

"The Georgia Institute of Technology has stripped, at least for now, more than 10 years of class work from its collaborative-learning Web sites, known as Swikis. Following a student’s complaint to the university that his name was listed on the Web site of a public course, Georgia Tech officials decided on Monday to remove all Swikis other than ones from the current semester...."

 

"FERPA “prohibits the release of student names in connection with any particular classes in which they have been enrolled.”


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Joe Magennis's curator insight, January 3, 2013 10:57 AM

This eliminates a potentially valuable recruiting & engagement tool for the university.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Home Page.

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Department of Education page on FERPA

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