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Privacy, Security, Interoperability, and Ease-of-Use Are Guiding Principles of NSTIC

The White House released today the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  At an event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. attended by 200 invited guests including members of Congress, Federal agency representatives, private sector companies, and non-profit organizations such as EDUCAUSE, there was a sense of excitement and enthusiasm as the Obama Administration fulfilled its promise to develop a “cybersecurity-based identity management vision and strategy” called for in the May 2010 Cyberspace Policy Review.  The Strategy is being introduced to make online transactions more secure for businesses and consumers.

White House Set to Launch National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

The White House is planning to release tomorrow, Friday, April 15th, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) at an event to be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. You can watch a live webcast of the event scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Speakers will include Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, The White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, and other guests.

EDUCAUSE Washington Office staff will be in attendance and will provide live coverage via Twitter and will post more information to EDUCAUSE Washington Update immediately following the event.

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on FERPA Addresses Use of Data in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to "strike a balance between student records privacy and data availability" according to a press release issued by the Department. According to the NPRM:

These proposed amendments are necessary to ensure that the Department's implementation of FERPA continues to protect the privacy of education records, as intended by Congress, while allowing for the effective use of data in statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) as envisioned in the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (COMPETES Act) and furthermore supported under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Under the Department's proposal:

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April 7, 2011: U.S. Education Department Launches Initiatives to Safeguard Student Privacy

The U.S. Department of Education announces the appointment of Kathleen Styles as Chief Privacy Officer, launches the Privacy Technical Assistance Center, introduces Technical Briefs Featuring Best Practices, and releases a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

State Authorization Regulation for Distance Education Among Topics Discussed at House Hearing

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on March 11th on "Education Regulations: Federal Overreach into Academic Affairs" that addressed concerns related to the regulations requiring state authorization for distance education programs. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said in her opening statement:

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March 12, 2011: Senate Commerce Committee Announces Hearing on the State of Online Consumer Privacy

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing to examine online consumer privacy on Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. More information is available on the Committee website.

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October 30, 2009: FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Identity Theft Red Flags Rule Until June 1, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission has announced another extension of the enforcement of the "Red Flags" Rule. At the request of Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission is delaying enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule until June 1, 2010. For more information, see the EDUCAUSE Resource Center page on Identity Theft and Red Flags.

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FCC Holds Public Workshop and Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a Cyber Security and Broadband Workshop to examine the role of cybersecurity as it develops a National Broadband Plan. According to FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, "Network security is the most critical issue facing our communications industry."

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6th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicked-Off by Secretary of DHS

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was kicked-off on October 1st at an event held in Washington, D.C., attended by Secretary Napolitano from the Department of Homeland Security and other dignitaries. The event, orchestrated by the National Cyber Security Alliance, brought together partners from government, industry, and academia to declare their commitment to advancing safety and security in cyberspace.

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