Step 1: Understand Privacy Laws and Build Awareness

What is the difference between Data Privacy and Data Security?

Data Privacy relates to the collection and use of personal information of both students and staff. Schools collect student names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, demographic, contact, academics, and other identifying information for inclusion in each student's record.

Data Security describes the protections in place to prevent unauthorized access to or acquisition of personal student and staff information.

Data Security for Schools: A Legal and Policy Guide for School Boards by Christine N. Czuprynski, Reed Smith LLP

How can I better understand pertinent privacy laws and build awareness?

The goal of the Privacy Awareness Campaign is to develop a shared understanding of state and federal privacy laws applying to students, schools, and 3rd party providers. Effectively communicating local privacy controls is an essential component in developing a stronger privacy culture, creating transparency, and building greater trust with the community.

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