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May 27, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On May 14, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) released draft legislation that would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA, to increase regulation of students’ personal and private information that has been or may be accessed by private...
May 27, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On Thursday, May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3 to 2 in favor of Chairman Tom Wheeler’s (D) proposal to create a new, albeit more limited, net neutrality rule to protect the open Internet.  Commissioners voted along party lines, with the two Republicans...
May 21, 2014 | Jarret Cummings
Summary: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have chartered a multi-stakeholder process to pursue voluntary improvements in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice-and-takedown procedures. The initial...
April 29, 2014 | Jarret Cummings
Last October, EDUCAUSE posted an update on the evolution of our policy work. Now that we are well into 2014, we wanted to provide members and other stakeholders with information on our progress.Since the previous update, EDUCAUSE has secured consulting services in public policy and government...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
HHS Releases Tool to Comply with HIPAA Risk Assessment Requirement
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
The U.S. Department of Education endorsed a proposal on April 1 that would require colleges to expand their reporting of campus crimes, publish more information on disciplinary hearings processes, and host sexual assault prevention programs. The proposal, which was drafted by a 15-person negotiated...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register asking for input on the use of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for higher education data and student aid programs and processes at the Department. As explained in ED’s...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the proposal drafted by an ED-appointed negotiated rulemaking committee that would require a higher education institution to have state authorization to offer postsecondary education in each state in which it enrolls students eligible for...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On Thursday, March 20, technology companies and copyright holders met to discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the notice and takedown process used by copyright holders to push Internet platforms to remove infringing content from their sites and databases. The meeting was...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On February 27, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced S. 2060, the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act). The bill was introduced as a Senate companion to H.R. 3505, which, as previously reported, was introduced by...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On April 23, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will release in mid-May new proposed “net neutrality” or Open Internet Rules, which would outline the extent to which broadband companies may charge different rates to content providers for...
April 28, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On March 14, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the US government will not renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (...
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;...