Bill Would Limit Schools' Ability to Share Student Data

In an effort to beef up protections for the personal details about students that schools may share with app developers and other companies, two prominent senators said that they intend to modernize a decades-old federal education privacy law. The law, called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Right Act of 1974, or FERPA for short, generally requires schools that receive public financing to obtain parents’ permission before sharing intimate details about their children with third parties.