Welcome to Penn’s Privacy website, a resource on a wide range of privacy issues affecting the members of Penn’s community.

Here, you will find important and user-friendly information about how to Protect Penn Data, including policies, guidance, tips, assessment procedures, tools and more.

You will also find resources on how to Protect Yourself, at Penn and beyond Penn, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or none of the above.

Penn’s University-wide privacy-related Policies and Guidance documents are available here.

And, you can readily access the various Tips and Training tools available to help raise awareness about privacy and security issues, including Penn’s One Step Ahead tip series, brief videos on topics of your choice, Facebook guidance and videos and more.

You are welcome to contact us at privacy@upenn.edu with questions or comments on privacy at Penn.

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FERPA: Student Records Privacy LawFERPA: Student Records Privacy Law

Federal law, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), protects the privacy of student "education" records — which generally includes information maintained by Penn that identifies a student.

Photography and Videography at PennPhotography and Videography at Penn

Photography and videography (including capturing audio) are a regular part of how we communicate to the world and our own community. As questions of rights, permissions and privacy have been raised in connection with photography and videography practices at Penn, we are providing this guidance to the community.

Applicant Data PolicyApplicant Data Policy

Penn has developed a new policy to protect the privacy of applicant data.  View the policy and the sample confidentiality statement

Social Media Guidance

Social media – such as forums, blogs, wikis, podcasts, online chats, Facebook, and Twitter – can be exciting vehicles for facilitating this kind of open expression, while also raising new questions about responsible use.

Facebook Privacy SettingsFacebook Privacy Settings

Check out Penn's guidance and video to help you navigate important privacy settings on Facebook.