Compliance for education

Protection of sensitive data for educational organisation using Google Cloud

Privacy and security are top of mind for education organizations whose work involves processing, storing, and protecting sensitive data like student information and research. Google Cloud protects your sensitive data and supports compliance with numerous requirements and industry standards including the FERPA (U.S.), HIPAA, and GDPR regulations, FedRAMP High and Moderate P-ATO requirements, PCI DSS best practices guidelines, and a completed Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool (HECVAT).

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How Google Cloud enables your compliance

Security and privacy

Google Cloud is committed to protecting our customers’ privacy and security needs. Our data processing terms for Google Workspace and Google Cloud articulate how we help you meet your specific compliance requirements.

Student Privacy Pledge

Google has signed the Student Privacy Pledge introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). For more information, visit the Google Workspace for Education Privacy & Security Center.

Contractual commitments

Google Cloud offers contractual commitments that are tailored to education and include audit rights for customers and regulators where required. For more information, contact your Google Cloud account representative.


Google Cloud offers contractual commitments that are tailored to education through a NET+ Google Cloud pre-negotiated, custom contract designed to increase security and data protection for the academic enterprise. You can learn more here.


We automatically encrypt your data both in transit outside of physical boundaries not controlled by Google and at rest by default and provide numerous ways for you to control your own encryption keys and data access.


Data confidentiality is a priority at Google Cloud. Our products undergo regular third-party audits to ensure we maintain industry-leading certifications and protections.

Education impact

Compliance offerings

Google Workspace and Google Cloud undergo several independent third-party audits on a regular basis to ensure that we can assist with your compliance journey. Here are some of the relevant standards, regulations, and certifications that we support or are certified against.

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