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SIIA Commends U.S. DoED Guidance for Protecting Student Privacy

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SIIA Commends U.S. DoED Guidance for Protecting Student Privacy

Guidance Affirms the Vital Role of Technology in Education and the Effective Safeguards in Current Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2014) -- The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) commended the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for today’s release of the guidance document, “Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices.” The guidance includes information related to school implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

The guidance is consistent with the commitment of SIIA and its member companies to advance the effective use of technology in education and to safeguard student information privacy and ensure data security.  Together with SIIA’s just-released “Best Practices for the Safeguarding of Student Information Privacy and Security for Providers of School Services,” the guidance makes clear that all parties – technology providers, schools, students and the government – are working toward the same important goals.

“The Department of Education guidance both affirms and reinforces the strong safeguards in current law,” said Mark Schneiderman, SIIA’s senior director of education policy. “It provides an important roadmap that will help make certain educational institutions and service providers continue to appropriately handle student information.”

Schneiderman continued, “The federal guidance is very consistent with SIIA’s recently-released Best Practices for school service providers. Together, these efforts will ensure that we continue to protect student data and that a strong relationship of trust is built between providers, schools and families.  Importantly, the efforts will help make certain our students continue to have access to leading-edge digital services critical to providing the world class education needed for success in the global economy.”

SIIA’s “Best Practices for the Safeguarding of Student Information Privacy and Security for Providers of School Services” are available here.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.