A recent segment on KOMO news has created some confusion regarding the release of directory information via the UW’s iPhone app.
As always, the UW is in compliance with federal regulations regarding what student information it does and does not release. Students are allowed to designate whether they want to allow a specific set of their information to be made public or not. The iPhone app uses a small subset of that information and releases it only for those students who have designated that they are willing to let the UW release that information.
More information on the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) is available at uw.edu/students/reg/ferpa.html, which also contains links to MyUW, where students can change their FERPA release flag.