This guide from the U.S. Department of Education is a best practices guide on properly destroying sensitive student data after it is no longer needed. It details the life cycle of data and discusses various legal requirements relating to the destruction of data under FERPA and examines a variety of methods for properly destroying data. The guide also discusses best practices for data destruction and provides some real-world examples of how to implement it within your organization.
Best Practices for Data Destruction (Student-level data)
CIPM, CIPP/A, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPT
Balancing the Scale of Student Data Deletion and Retention in Education
This report, published by the Center for Democracy and Technology, offers three recommendations and related best practices to assist the education sector in achieving the right balance of retaining useful data that can serve students with deleting information that is no longer needed. They are: C...
Md. school district to begin annual deletion of old student data
The Wall Street Journal reports Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools have taken up an annual purge of its databases that contain data of more than 162,000 students. Montgomery County is the first district in the state and one of just a handful of districts nationwide to take up the clearing v...
Server migration results in deletion of all Myspace content before 2016
A faulty server migration resulted in the deletion of millions of songs, photos and videos from Myspace, the Guardian reports. The social media platform announced all content uploaded before 2016 has been permanently deleted. The server migration took place a year ago, and shortly after, users began...
Data Deletion Day
The best-selling book by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo counsels against keeping things that don’t “spark joy.” For an organization, cleaning house to get rid of unnecessary personal data clutter has never been more important. Personal data is susceptible to unauthorized access and use, s...
DPO Confessional: Data Deletion Day at the IAPP
The best-selling book by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo counsels against keeping things that don’t “spark joy.” Personal data is susceptible to unauthorized access and use, so keeping it beyond its useful life presents risk to the organization (and the data subject) without corresponding j...