Parents should be aware of some of the major laws governing student privacy. They are:
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) - which governs the disclosure of educational records by school officials. This would apply to cloud sharing.
PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment) - which regulates the disclosure of certain types of information about school children (for analysis or evaluation) related to certain characteristics and might apply to various cloud computing activities by school districts.
COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) - which regulates the online or web-based collection of information from children and may apply to various could services.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) - which related to individually identifiable health information.
* Sources: FLASH: "Privacy and Cloud Computing" and
US Dept. of HHS "Privacy"