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February 11, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
As part of Data Privacy Month on January 29, 2013, Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Director of its Project on Freedom, Security & Technology, briefed EDUCAUSE’s Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers group and the Higher Education...
February 5, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report on February 1, 2013 that says it wants — but is not mandating — makers of mobile operating systems, app developers, and advertisers to be provide "timely, easy-to-understand disclosures about what data they...
January 28, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, kicked off Data Privacy Day 2013 with a forum at the George Washington University Law School, along with Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen...
January 28, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
Google’s Transparency Reports are a semi-annual compilation of requests Google receives from governments around the world for Internet user data. The reports are an effort by Google to keep users informed about the data requests and how often it complies with them. (Note: See this EDUCAUSE...
January 28, 2013 | Kathleen Styles
When I first accepted the position as ED’s Chief Privacy Officer the workload revolved heavily around privacy issues in the K-12 context, especially issues relating the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and its applicability to State Longitudinal Databases. Recently our office is...
January 28, 2013 | Steven J. McDonald
Probably no statute affects higher education more, but is understood less, than the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act, or “FERPA,” the primary federal law that regulates how we handle our records about our students. And that is no doubt especially true when it comes to...
January 23, 2013 | John Windhausen, Jr.
I attended the Broadband Breakfast meeting last week, where Rep. Anna Eshoo and three Congressional staff gave an interesting preview of the communications policy issues to be addressed in the 113th Congress. Democrats continue to control the Senate (55-45, including two independents who caucus...
January 23, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The Annual State of the Net Conference is held every January in Washington, D.C.  Organized by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, it brings together policymakers and advocates, including EDUCAUSE Policy staff, to highlight the most pressing Internet and technology policy...
January 23, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
Adopters of cloud technologies recognize that it requires business decisions, risk management, and policy choices.  At the Annual State of the Net Conference, EDUCAUSE Policy attempted to demystify the cloud for policy makers.Sourcing IT (business decision)
January 18, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
Although this is only the second year that colleges and universities are working together to observe and promote Data Privacy Month, many campuses are busy planning local or regional events, tweeting daily with the hashtags #dataprivacy and #dpd13, and writing blogs or articles about data privacy....
January 18, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
On January 16, 2013, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, set out the agenda of the Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress with updates to key legislation, including laws on email privacy and cybersecurity. Updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act...
January 18, 2013 | Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick
As the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), we have the honor of coordinating Data Privacy Day (DPD). Data Privacy Day is held on January 28th annually and is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and escalate the protection of privacy and data...
January 18, 2013 | Lance Spitzner
A common challenge many schools share is protecting the privacy of their students. Institutions maintain a surprising amount of highly confidential student information including medical, financial, personal, and educational data. As a result, institutions have to comply with numerous regulations...
January 15, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
It will soon become legal in the U.K. to copy music from a CD to an iPod, show copyrighted texts on an interactive whiteboard, and use copyrighted works in a parody.  Until now, these have been illegal activities.The British government has unveiled a comprehensive set of measures aimed at...
January 9, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The White House has released a new National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding intended to strike the proper balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm.  Because of the delicate balance...