Dec 7, 2012

CPPA, COPPA, CIPA, FERPA, Huh?

Some light reading for the weekend...

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom recently published an overview of the legal ramifications of the policies designed to protect our students in the digital world:
  • Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA)
  • Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

While the focus is primarily on how these laws impact libraries, a quick read is well worth your time. You may notice a bit of bias against these regulations. A quick glance at the Core Values of Librarianship will show access and confidentiality as top priorities. Anything that separates a person from the information they seek tends to rile librarians.

Another good read specifically related to student privacy regarding school records is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Finally, a great overview for teachers is the FTC's How to Protect Kids' Privacy Online: A Guide for Teachers. This chart explains the responsibilities of the teacher regarding COPPA.