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Our Privacy Commitment

 

Trusted & Secure

Education's Trusted Partner
 

Our education partners trust the National Student Clearinghouse because they know we take our commitment to student privacy very seriously. We have maintained the confidentiality and privacy of the student records in our care since our beginning in 1993. We are scrupulous in our concern for student privacy and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects students' privacy rights in their education records.

Signer of the Student Privacy Pledge

The Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge, sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and The Future of Privacy Forum. As a signatory, the Clearinghouse has pledged to safeguard student privacy by agreeing to a set of commitments related to the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

Recipient of iKeepSafe's FERPA Badge

The Clearinghouse is the first recipient of ikeepsafe.org's FERPA badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker for High Schools service. iKeepSafe, the leading digital safety and privacy nonprofit, requires companies participating in its FERPA assessment undergo rigorous annual evaluation, including privacy policy and practices, data security, and encryption practices.

 

How We Work with Verification Requestors

The Clearinghouse requires all verification requestors to certify that the student or alumnus has applied for employment or a product or service dependent on student or alumni status. Requestors also agree not to re-release degree data to third parties (unless the requestor is a background screening firm releasing data to their employer client).

The Clearinghouse only releases directory information that confirms an individual's degrees and academic credentials. We do not confirm addresses or the accuracy of Social Security numbers provided by requestors. To further ensure security and privacy, we maintain an audit trail of requestors' identities, including Internet Protocol Addresses (IP address) and telephone numbers.

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