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Education Department Seeks Public Comment on Student Privacy Guidance

The Education Department is seeking public comment on new guidance to protect student medical privacy. Currently, college officials may disclose confidential student medical records for purpose unrelated to treatment, including to university attorneys engaged in litigation against students. The Department’s proposal would require colleges to obtain student written consent or a court order prior to disclosure. The Department will accept public comments on the proposed guidance until October 2, 2015. EPIC previously sued the Education Department for weakening federal student privacy rules. EPIC also proposed the Student Privacy Bill of Rights, an enforceable student privacy and data protection framework.

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