Category Archives: Data Security & Access Resources

IDEA and FERPA Privacy Provisions: Understanding the Basics

Conference: Division for Early Childhood Date: October 2015 Presenters: Ross Lemke & Sharon Walsh This 2015 DEC conference presentation informs viewers of the privacy provisions under IDEA Part C, IDEA Part B, and FERPA. It covers the basics surrounding the legal requirements surrounding the protection of personally identifiable information of children with disabilities and where […]

Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

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This 2014 document is intended to assist early intervention service programs and providers and preschool special education programs and agencies in maintaining compliance with privacy and confidentiality requirements under IDEA and FERPA. It reviews the terminology used to describe data de-identification as well as related concepts and approaches; provides general best practice de-identification strategies for […]

Identity Authentication Best Practices

This 2012 brief offers best practice recommendations for developing and implementing effective authentication processes to help ensure that only appropriate individuals and entities have access to education records. General suggestions provided in the brief are applicable to all modes of data access, be it in person, over the phone, by mail, or electronically. Published by […]

Cloud Computing

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This 2015 update of a 2012 document is designed to assist educational agencies and institutions that are considering using cloud computing solutions for education data. It contains responses to frequently asked questions about meeting necessary data privacy and data security requirements, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, to ensure proper protection […]

Data Security: Top Threats to Data Protection

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This 2011 brief outlines critical threats to educational data and information systems. Threats are divided into two categories: technical and non-technical. A brief description of each threat is followed by a suggestion of appropriate risk mitigation measures. Published by: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Link to Document (PDF)

Data Security Checklist

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This 2011 document assists stakeholder organizations, such as state and local educational agencies, with developing and maintaining a successful data security program. Published by: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Link to Document (PDF)