The Family Policy Compliance Office is excited to announce the launch  of the new Student Privacy Website! This new website replaces both the Privacy Technical Assistance Center’s and the Family Policy Compliance Office’s sites.  The Student Privacy Website can be found at:  https://studentprivacy.ed.gov. Be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly!

Are there any restrictions on how a community-based organization can use and protect the PII from education records it receives to conduct a study?

Yes.  Under the studies exception, the school or LEA may non-consensually disclose PII from education records to the community-based organization only if—

  1. The study is conducted in a manner that does not permit personal identification of parents and students by individuals other than representatives of the organization that have legitimate interests in the information;
  2. The information is destroyed when no longer needed for the purposes for which the study was conducted; and
  3. The school or LEA enters into a written agreement with the community-based organization.