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Privacy and Children's Data - An Overview of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


Dalia Topelson


Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Christopher Bavitz


Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Ritu Gupta


Harvard Law School

Irina Oberman


Independent

November 14, 2013

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 23

Abstract:     
Privacy law in the United States is a complicated patchwork of state and federal caselaw and statutes. Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, prepared this briefing document in advance of the Student Privacy Initiative's April 2013 workshop, "Student Privacy in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem," to provide a high-level overview of two of the major federal legal regimes that govern privacy of children’s and students’ data in the United States: the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

This guide aims to offer schools, parents, and students alike a sense of some of the laws that may apply as schools begin to use cloud computing tools to help educate students. Both of the relevant statutes – and particularly FERPA – are complex and are the subjects of large bodies of caselaw and extensive third-party commentary, research, and scholarship. This document is not intended to provide a comprehensive summary of these statutes, nor privacy law in general, and it is not a substitute for specific legal advice. Rather, this guide highlights key provisions in these statutes and maps the legal and regulatory landscape.

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Date posted: November 15, 2013  

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Topelson, Dalia and Bavitz, Christopher and Gupta, Ritu and Oberman, Irina, Privacy and Children's Data - An Overview of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (November 14, 2013). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 23. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2354339 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2354339

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Dalia Topelson (Contact Author)
Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Christopher Bavitz
Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Ritu Gupta
Harvard Law School ( email )
1563 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Irina Oberman
Independent ( email )
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