Privacy rules do not apply to colleges, FTC says

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Trade Commission ruled in May that colleges do not have to comply with new federal privacy regulations requiring institutions to report their confidentiality policies to the commission.

The FTC said colleges are already ruled by the confidentiality requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act-also known as the Buckley Amendment-which prevents schools from releasing student records that include personally identifiable information about students without authorization.

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