When educational institutions purchase new IT equipment, they often overlook the importance of data residing on the old equipment. Federal laws have been enacted to protect student data, and proper disposal and erasure of retired IT assets is vital.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) are federal laws that protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information of students attending any educational institution receiving funds from a program of the Department of Education. In part, these laws generally prohibit disclosure of information without the consent of the subject or their parent guardian and mandate prevention of unauthorized releases of information. These requirements still apply when information is no longer necessary to retain and assets containing such information are retired.

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