Benjamin Herold reports:
The U.S. Education Department failed to conduct timely, effective investigations of potential violations of the nation’s main student-data-privacy law, allowing a years-long backlog of unresolved cases to pile up without any mechanism for effectively tracking the number or status of the complaints it received.
That’s according to a scathing new audit from the department’s own Inspector General, released this week.
According to the audit, the department’s privacy office in September 2017 had on its books 285 open investigations of complaints made under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.
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