Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Definition - What does Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) mean?
FERPA is also known as the Buckley Amendment.
Techopedia explains Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Aspects of FERPA regulate how and when school officials can release information; for instance, bulletin boards that show grade work may be affected by the law.
FERPA has been relevant in lawsuits; for example, undergraduates might sue a school or institution for releasing information in a way that would harm the student’s future career interests.
In many ways, FERPA relates to education as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) relates to medical data.
Both acts laws restrict the way that people and IT systems can use and distribute information. IT systems in schools and academic institutions must be compliant with FERPA, and to that end, developers and others pay attention to the relevant regulations when designing systems that store or transmit grade information or other academic data.