Legal and educational policy experts urged lawmakers on Thursday to improve security safeguards in student privacy laws and update them to better reflect the rapid leaps in technology.
The law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – known as FERPA – was written in 1974 to protect student records. It only covers schools receiving federal money. An update of the regulations in 2012 permitted greater disclosure of the data.
“The approach of FERPA is outdated,” said Joel Reidenberg, an expert on privacy and the Internet at the Fordham University School of Law. “It is focused on privacy and parental access, but it does not cover the use of the information collected.”