Amazon Releases New Guidance on AWS and FERPA

Dian Schaffhauser reports:

More than two years after issuing guidance on FERPA compliance and Amazon Web Services, Amazon has updated the whitepaper to lay out the company’s “shared responsibility model” and provide specific guidance on 24 different AWS services.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, in general, calls for schools and agencies to “reasonably safeguard student education records from improper use or disclosure,” the report stated. However, Amazon asserted, that’s a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer. While Amazon is responsible for security “of” the cloud, as it noted, the customer is responsible for security “in” the cloud.

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