Did you know?
If you do not Opt Out of directory information personal and identifiable information about your child may become public.
You have the right to restrict access to your child's personal information
Your child's school maintains personal information about students that can be legally - and illegally - accessed by third parties. But did you know under federal education law you have the right as a parent or guardian to inspect your child's school records and "Opt Out" of directory information?
When you Opt Out you restrict third-party access to your child's information, such as address and date of birth, which can be used without authorization to breach your child's and your family's privacy.
Schools are obligated under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to notify parents of your right to Opt Out at the beginning of the school year.
Has your child's school notified you of your right to Opt Out?
Why is the right to Opt Out important? Because as cases of identity theft - with children as targets, database breaches, and the sale of personal information increase daily, parents should be aware of how easily personally identifiable information can be bought and sold by marketers as well as by identity thieves.
And with cloud computing and mobile devices coming into greater use for education and student data storage, the risks of data leaks and breaches have become even greater.
FERPA was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of education records and directory information -- which can include name, address, phone number, date of birth, and e-mail address, among other personally identifiable information. But under the law, directory information can be disclosed without parental consent.
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