Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

What is SOPPA?

The Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA), is the student data privacy law that regulates students’ covered information by schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and education technology vendors.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a new version of SOPPA on August 23, 2019, that gives parents greater control over their student’s covered information. The new law outlines specific rights conveyed to parents and adds a requirement to notify the public of breaches of covered information.

SOPPA also requires Illinois school districts to provide additional guarantees that student-covered information is protected when collected by EdTech vendors. The law is effective on July 1, 2021.

What SOPPA Means For You

The Student Online Personal Protection Act means changes for parents, principals, and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). Explore your updated rights, vendor agreements, and more information about student data collection.

How Vendors Work with IMSA

We work with hundreds of vendors who help IMSA deliver high-quality education and enrichment opportunities to IMSA students. With regard to collecting and using student data, vendors must agree and sign contracts to adhere to SOPPA policies and Illinois law.