Data Privacy

Federal laws regulate the privacy of student education records. These laws apply to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) they also regulate how state education agencies, such as the Maine DOE, can collect, report, and share data about schools and students.

Question about student data privacy?
Contact U.S. DOE Student Privacy Help Desk (Toll-Free): 1-855-249-3072


Student Data Privacy Toolkit

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Federal Laws:

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule

State Laws:

Title 20-A, Chapter 13: The Student Information Privacy Act

Title 20-A: Education, Part 3: Elementary and Secondary Education, Chapter 221: School Records, Audits and Reports, Subchapter 1: Student Records

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State Partners: Maine Student Privacy Alliance (MSPA)

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Federal Resources:

Access resources about FERPA and how it applies to the various day-to-day operations of public schools at the administrative level: Student Privacy Resources for K-12 School Officials | U.S. DOE 

Access student privacy guidance documents, training materials, policy letters, and other resources dedicated to protecting student privacy for all audiences including early childhood educators, education technology vendors, k-12 school officials, parents and students, postsecondary school officials, and researchers: Student Privacy ResourcesU.S. DOE

Digital Citizenship:

Digital Citizenship Curriculum | Common Sense Education

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital CitizenshipEdutopia

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What is Student Data Privacy? (4 min.)

Access training modules, guidance documents, and other student privacy resources for school officials, parents, and other stakeholders: Training Resource Toolkit | U.S. DOE

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