The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) (“FERPA”) imposes various requirements on educational institutions regarding the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in education records of students. On December 9, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) published final rules amending the regulations that implement FERPA.
Originally proposed on March 28, 2008, the DOE published a notice which proposed various changes to FERPA and its implementing regulations “to implement various statutory changes made to FERPA to implement two recent US Supreme Court decisions, to respond to changes in information technology, and to address other issues identified through the Department’s experience in administering FERPA.” (73 FR 74806). According to the DOE, approximately 121 parties submitted comments in response to the March, 2008 NPRM. The Final Rules become effective January 8, 2009.