Noting that “FERPA is not getting the job done,” Daniel Solove and Paul Schwartz describe how legislation in California could set a new higher bar for student privacy:
What of educational privacy law in California? The core interest in this area of the state’s law is transparency. California law permits parents to access the school records of their children (see Cal. Ed. Code § 49069). It also requires schools to maintain a log of all individuals and organizations that request information from school records. Finally, California limits access to these logs and records to parents, school officials and certain kinds of governmental officials.
The next step in this privacy saga took place in February 2014 when California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg proposed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).
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