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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
California's Do-Not-Track Law in Effect
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
Last August, President Obama outlined his policy agenda for higher education. The plan called for new ways to address rising college costs by making more data on the performance of higher education institutions available, developing new methods to improve education and lower costs, and reducing...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On November 15, Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) introduced legislation requiring all universities and postsecondary educational facilities make all electronic instructional materials used in their classrooms accessible to students with disabilities. If ultimately passed, the Technology, Equality,...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On November 20, 2013, the Department of Education announced in the Federal Register its intent to create a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to prepare proposed regulations to address program integrity and improvement issues for the Title IV Federal Student Aid programs. The announcement cited...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
In light of the Target consumer data breach, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced on January 8 a bill he originally authored in 2005, S. 1897, the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2014. The bill would require companies that maintain personal data to establish and implement internal...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On January 15, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies passed the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, H.R. 3696. The legislation is intended to help protect the...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On October 29, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced their Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.
October 30, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Federal and campus-level policy issues impacting IT in higher education were hot topics at EDUCAUSE 2013. The Security Privacy, and Compliance and Data/Information Access and Management domains featured many related sessions.Session Recordings
July 31, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
A frequent dilemma that confronts organizations that collect and use information in the Connected Age is the question of who owns the data in the organization’s possession.   Colleges and universities collect and use personally identifiable information (PII), academic content...
June 24, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The 2013 Top-10 IT Issues list reflects the most current and pressing topics in higher education technology. The issues will likely come as no surprise to you, and are topics that EDUCAUSE has been focusing on in its programs this past year and beyond. Topics such as “improving student...
June 19, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The real, near-term impact of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) trend has begun to emerge. In response to the rapidly growing awareness and acceptance of online learning that MOOCs have generated among policy-makers and the general public, senior leaders of traditional colleges and universities...

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