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Policy Spotlight, written by guest bloggers and EDUCAUSE policy specialists, is a blog about current IT policy issues affecting higher ed.

 

 

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HEISC Security Translation Series

The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Working Group has developed a series of security translation papers for specific campus audiences. These papers highlight key security program points for procurement staff, treasury operations staff, and data owners. These documents serve as an educational and awareness tool, as well as a marketing tool for the campus information security office.

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Privacy vs. Privacy

Lisa Ho, Campus Privacy Officer, University of California, Berkeley

It's common to see privacy pitted against security in the form of the question, "How much privacy are we willing to give up for security?" Some call the security vs. privacy debate a false choice and suggest the debate is actually liberty vs. security, or...

Privacy and Organizational Analytics

Michael Corn, Deputy CIO, Brandeis University

The floodgates are opening on organizational analytics and I worry that privacy is going to drown in the deluge. By organizational analytics, I'm referring to using the techniques of data mining and big data to look at ourselves, both operationally and from a mission perspective — how our students are doing, how effective our teaching is, and how our administrative support of the mission intersects with outcomes....

Stingray Makes Waves

Or, How Technology Helps Your Friendly Neighborhood Policeman Violate Your Privacy in New and Innovative Ways

Geoffrey S. Nathan, Faculty Liaison for Computing and Information Technology, Wayne State University

We already know that our government (and other people's governments) like to collect vast amounts of data on its citizens, on the off-chance that the data might prove useful in preventing a terrorist attack. And, given the extent of mission creep,...

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