The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised their COPPA FAQs to address the issue of student privacy in the US. The FTC has updated  a number of items, with the aim of creating greater communication with parents. The FTC FAQs consider whether educational institutions can consent to the collection, use or disclosure of student’s personal information. The FAQs also consider best practices for keeping parents informed of the way the data is used and addresses State laws which may apply. The amended FAQs allow schools to consent to online collection and use of children’s personal data for educational purposes. However the FTC has made it clear that parents’ consent   is necessary where the data is intended for commercial use or for the use and benefit of the school. The FTC FAQs also includes questions that schools should consider before entering into an arrangement with operators to collect, use and disclose student’s personal data.

Federal Trade Commission Revised FAQs