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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 | Lisa Ho
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
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...