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Disability Scholars Develop Guidelines for Accessibility in Digital Books

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

Over the summer, a group of renowned disability studies scholars issued guidelines that authors and publishers can use to ensure their books and materials are accessible to readers with disabilities.  The guidelines suggest steps such as waiving digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, updating author guidelines, and ensuring all illustrations come with text descriptions, which can be incorporated into the production of the written materials in order to support accessibility.

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ED Unveils New Initiative to increase Federal Financial Aid to Nontraditional Programs

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on ECPA Reform Legislation

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

 

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U.S. Reps. Rokita and Fudge Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Education Records under FERPA

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

 

(August 3, 2015) On July 22, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would update student privacy safeguards under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA (the federal law that governs institutional management and disclosure of student education records).

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on HEA Reauthorization

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

 

Legislation Introduced to Help Public Track Success of Students in Higher Ed Institutions

House and Senate versions of the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (H.R. 2518 and S. 1195) have been introduced in Congress with the intent of providing potential and current students, parents, and the general public with information on student learning outcomes at individual colleges and universities. It would require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to gather data on average student earnings post-graduation; graduation rates for first-time, full-time/part-time, and transfer students; student loan debt information for graduates and students who do not complete their programs; and whether a student pursues higher levels of post-secondary education.

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Information Sharing Legislation Moves in Both Chambers of Congress

Three bills have been introduced in Congress that are intended to improve information sharing on cybersecurity threats and analysis between the public and private sector. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The Protecting Cyber Networks Act, H.R. 1560, was introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), while Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.

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Data Breach Notification Legislation on the Agenda for 114th Congress

Data breach notification is a hot issue in Washington, DC, with multiple bills introduced in Congress. On April 14, 2015, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced H.R. 1770, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, which would require organizations to implement reasonable and appropriate cybersecurity measures and notify customers when personally identifiable information (PII) has been or may have been compromised.

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Congress Seeks Proposals for New Student Privacy Legislation, FERPA Updates

On April 29, Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, H.R. 2092. Focused on elementary and secondary education, this bill would prohibit the selling of student information to third parties, using student information for targeted advertising, or creating personal profiles of students unless it is done for school-related purposes. Parents would also have the right to look at, correct, and/or delete any information collected about their child.

President Releases Draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On February 27, President Obama released draft legislation, the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, promoting the use of codes of conduct by companies who want to protect customers’ data privacy and security.

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