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FERPA freezes online freedom

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are three main laws that address children’s and students’ privacy and safety online in America. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a law created to protect the privacy of children under 13. It specifies that internet sites must require parental consent for the collection or use of any personal information of young website users.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools and libraries in the United States use internet filters and implement other measures to protect children from harmful online content as a condition for the receipt of certain federal funding.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is meant to give students and parents control over access to and disclosure of educational records. This prevents schools from divulging information about a student’s grades, behaviour or school work to anyone other than the student without that student’s parents’ consent. The classic example used to explain how FERPA works: you can’t post a list of students’ names and grades on a bulletin board in the hallway.

Category: e-Education, Summer 2013

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