Digital Privacy

The following laws, regulations, and policies assist in protecting our students online:

  • Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
    The school is required by CIPA to have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene and pornographic. This means that student email is filtered. Mail containing harmful content from inappropriate sites will be blocked. -- CIPA -

  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
    COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school’s use of student information is solely for educational purposes. -- COPPA -

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents rights to review student records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc...) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.

    • The school will not publish confidential academic records (grades, student ID #, etc...) for public viewing on the Internet.

    • The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student last names or other personally identifiable information.

    • Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children not be published.

    • Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child’s email and Apps for Education files.
      -- FERPA -

      FERPA release of Information Notice

Education Law 2-d

Education Law 2-d ("Ed Law 2-d) was modified in January 2019 to require that any services which collect personally identifiable information (PII) from students attest that they will employ certain practices to safeguard the data they collect. Part of this law requires that school districts have written contracts with each vendor of a service that are utilized by the district. For teachers, this means that all services used must be approved by the District before they are whitelisted (allowed to be used). 

Please note that this only applies to student data. Teachers should complete the following form to request the use of a new technology tool that might share student PII: Submit Request for Tech Tool Approval

Parent's Bill of Rights

District Data Privacy Policy

Data Privacy Rider

Approved Tech Services at Candor

These products can be used with students immediately. An agreement has already been signed with the vendor, or their privacy policy states that they do not collect student PII or do so in a manner that is compliant with Education Law 2-d.

What parents need to know.

Strengthening Student Data Privacy

Unauthorized Disclosure Complaint Form

If you believe there has been an unauthorized breach of student PII, please report the incident by either:


  • Clicking on the image above to print out the form and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form.

    Upon Receipt of your complaint you will receive acknowledgement via email and we will initiate an investigation. We will provide you with the findings of our investigation within 60 days of the receipt of your complaint.

Information on Google Workspace

What is Google Workspace?

Google Workspace provides a robust, low cost (actually free), cloud-based platform that is a good fit for achieving district teaching and learning goals. Google Workspace is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by the Candor Central School District. Google Workspace will provides the ability for CCSD students, faculty and staff to communicate, store files, and collaborate in real time from school, work, or home, all within a secure online environment.

What about privacy?

Google Apps is governed by detailed privacy policy and security measures which we have reviewed. The CCSD is satisfied that these measures appropriately protect the privacy of its users of these tools. Under our Terms of Service Agreement, Google, like the CCSD, is obligated to comply with FERPA regulations. Additional information about GAFE security and privacy may be found here.  

What assurances has Google given the CCSD that they will not collect data on my student?

The CCSD has a signed an agreement with Google through TSTBOCES based on these education terms (please see Section 7). CCSD Google Workspace is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and Edlaw 2-d.

How does Google Apps for Education and CCSD protect student privacy?

Google is a Student Privacy Pledge signatory. This pledge holds Google accountable to:

  • Not sell student information

  • Not behaviorally target advertising

  • Use data for authorized education purposes only

  • Not change privacy policies without notice and choice

  • Enforce strict limits on data retention

  • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information

  • Provide comprehensive security standards

  • Be transparent about collection and use of data.

There are NO ADS in Google Apps for Education.

Google Apps for Education services do not collect or use student data for advertising purposes or create advertising profiles.

Additional Information regarding Google Apps Privacy:

Do Chromebooks come with Internet Filtering Software?

Yes. Chromebooks are filtered both in and out of district on any network. CCSD uses GoGuardian to remain in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Where can I submit other questions regarding this initiative?

Additional questions can be submitted via email to