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March 24, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Integrated Task Force has been disbanded after completing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Remaining functions of the task force were transitioned to their DHS components. The task force was originally created to raise...
March 21, 2014 | Jarret Cummings
Summary: In its latest report on financial aid fraud in distance education, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) dropped previously proposed technology-based measures for student identity verification that EDUCAUSE considered problematic. The OIG now...
March 21, 2014 | Jarret Cummings
Summary: NIH released a notice alerting award recipients of a new restriction on the use of funds “to maintain or establish computer network” unless that network blocks access to pornography. NIH interprets the provision as applying only to funds awarded directly for such purposes;...
March 20, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On Friday, March 14, the Department of Education announced the release of a proposed rule containing the “gainful employment” standards for vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges. The 841-page proposal would require career colleges to meet certain...
March 20, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On February 19, a 15-person negotiated rulemaking panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met to begin discussing a variety of issues concerning federal student aid regulations, including how a program or institution can apply or qualify for federal student aid programs and how to...
February 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On February 25, EDUCAUSE, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission  regarding the Agency’s possible actions in response to the Verizon v FCC decision issued by the U.S. Court of...
February 27, 2014 | Valerie M. Vogel
Guest Bloggers: Lisa Ho, Matt Wolf, and Erika Donald, University of California, Berkeley
February 20, 2014 | Maura Johnston
To mark Data Privacy Month, the University of Pennsylvania and the National Constitution Center hosted a Town Hall program with some of the nation's leading experts on privacy and surveillance. On February 3, 2014, Peter Swire of the White House NSA Review Board, Anita Allen of the University...
February 19, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the initial version of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity on Wednesday, February 12. The Framework provides owners of critical infrastructure and others with voluntary guidance on how to best protect...
February 10, 2014 | Michael Corn
Within the privacy community it is commonly said that privacy is tightly coupled to societal notions of respect. We advocate for our local, national, and international institutions to protect personal information, to collect only the minimum needed, and to do so not merely to prevent financial loss...
February 3, 2014 | Petr R. Brym
A key challenge for any organization is balancing the protection of institutional data, respecting privacy and enabling trust, when employees access institutional systems with personally owned devices. Any BYOD strategy should address this balance. Personally owned devices usually are not under the...
January 28, 2014 | Cheryl Washington
For Data Privacy Month this year, our theme is “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust.” If I were re-writing the theme, I would add “Privacy Matters.” It matters a lot.Data Privacy Month (January 28–February 28) presents an opportunity for universities...
January 27, 2014 | Michael Kaiser
January 28 promises to be the most widely recognized Data Privacy Day since its first observation in 2008.This, of course, is one effect of the many stories over the past year that has put data privacy in headlines across the world. These stories have reinvigorated old debates, and prompted new...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
A three-judge panel on January 14 struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule. The regulation stated that broadband providers cannot favor certain internet services or programs over another. This prohibition ranges from variance in rates for certain services to the...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
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