A Resource Guide for Privacy

Interested in learning more about privacy research? This list of resources will help point you in the right direction.

April 14, 2016
CATEGORIES Privacy Evaluation Initiative

The District Privacy Evaluation Initiative is moving forward, and we are nearing the point of releasing the questions we use to evaluate the privacy practices of commonly used educational software. Every question is related to a federal statute, agency regulation, or data-handling best practice. This provides context and background information about why a specific question is relevant and helps the reader evaluate whether it might be especially pertinent.

The background information for each question comprises a wide range of resources and should hopefully serve as a learning tool and provide guidance about privacy principles. Currently, we reference citations from nearly half of the resources provided and plan to continue expanding our list of resources, and the related citations, as the evaluation initiative comes closer to launch.

We will discuss the background information in more detail after we release the full question set, but in the meantime we wanted to share the resource materials we are currently using.


Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Department of Education, Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

The White House


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