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Data Security and Privacy

In this age of data-driven decision making, data is foundational to the success of the process. Whether discussing student-achievement, program monitoring, education funding, accountability or any other education-related conversation, data is at the center of the discussion. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is required by state and federal law to collect and store student and educator records. USBE takes seriously its obligation to protect the privacy of data collected, used, shared and stored. This page contains state and federal policies for data privacy and security procedures, as well as guidance and resources for various stakeholders.

Laws on Student Data Privacy and Security

Federal Laws

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
Family Policy Compliance Office

Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) Guidance
United States Department of Education

State Law

House Bill (H.B.) 358: Student Privacy Amendments

Training Materials

Below are the presentations from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) training on December 1, 2016.

United States Department of Education:

Important Events

PTAC Training
Jordan Auxiliary
December 1, 2016
9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Study Session on Student Data Privacy
USBE Board Room
December 8, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To receive updates on Data Security and Privacy from USBE, please e-mail whitney[dot]phillips[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Whitney Phillips).


Whitney Phillips, Ph.D.
Chief Privacy Officer
Phone: (801) 538-7523 | whitney[dot]phillips[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)