FERPA - Protecting Student Privacy (US Dept. of Education)
The need for articulated privacy protections and data security continues to grow as State-wide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) are built and more education records are digitized and shared electronically.
1. In accordance with the state laws that develop and refine their information management systems, Eduwonka understands the criticality of ensuring that student information continues to be protected.
2. Eduwonka through its data systems ensures that the personally identifiable information of a student/ person is disclosed only for authorized purposes and under the circumstances permitted by law.
3. The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is a United States federal law that governs the access to educational information and records by public entities such as potential employers, publicly funded educational institutions, and foreign governments. Eduwonka acknowledges that as defined in FERPA, parents do have access to their child's education records, an opportunity to seek the records amended and some control over the disclosure of information from the records. Eduwonka with its institutional offerings of analytical software, have placed in the required checks with several exceptions that schools need to have a student's consent prior to the disclosure of education records after that student is 18 years old.
4. Eduwonka through its data management practice has put in necessary checks and controls that ensures that students of 18 years of age or students of any age if enrolled in any post-secondary educational institution the right of privacy regarding grades, enrolment and even billing information unless the school has specific permission from the student to share that specific type of information.
5. Eduwonka, in accordance with FERPA, through its institutional practice for its clients in the form of Schools and educational institutions permits to disclose personally identifiable information from education records of an "eligible student" (a student age 18 or older or enrolled in a postsecondary institution at any age) to his or her parents if the student is a "dependent student" as that term is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.
6. The same is not applicable on the employees of an educational institution if they are not students.