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IRS breaking law by mining data, probing social media, says WSU professor  

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

Kim HouserPULLMAN, Wash. – The Internal Revenue Service is breaking several laws by mining large data sets and combing through social media posts in its search for people to audit, a Washington State University professor says. » More …

Feds offer guidance on sharing student info

The Department of Education has provided new guidelines to parents and educators regarding when information about troubled students can be disclosed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

FERPA, a federal law governing student records, is often criticized for being too complicated.

Stimulated by the Virgina Tech shooting spree this spring, the DOE produced a series of pamphlets for parents, elementary and secondary-school officials, and college administrators. The purpose of the pamphlets is to provide some “rules of the road,” said Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings at an Oct. 31 news conference during a visit to a high school in a Washington … » More …