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Data Privacy Month
Data Privacy Month (DPM) is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority. Data Privacy Month will be celebrated in 2014 starting with Data Privacy Day on January 28 and running through February 28. Spend the month helping to ensure your campus community is respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Visit the Data Privacy Month website for examples of campus activities, as well as archived recordings of previous webinars. It's never to early to begin planning your institution's efforts!
Privacy in a Networked Environment
With the explosive growth of electronic networks and wide accessibility of online information, EDUCAUSE members -- along with many other higher education constituencies -- are dealing with a formidable set of privacy issues. A key set of issues revolves around the handling of student information, which under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 enjoys special protection.
Other Sources of Information about Online Privacy
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information in new media.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, D.C., established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy.
- Privacy Forum, a moderated digest for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to the general topic of privacy (both personal and collective) in the "information age" of the 1990's and beyond.
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Privacy Law
- Senators Introduced Bill to Overhaul Federal Student Privacy Law
May 27, 2014
On May 14, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) released draft legislation that would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA , to increase re…
- Policy at EDUCAUSE 2013
October 30, 2013
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 Manage…
- Who is checking your email?
March 12, 2013
What is your campus policy and procedure for access to employee email? If you don't know - or you don't have it written down - it might be time to review your practice, write it down,…
- 2012 Top Ten IT Issues Reflect Privacy, Security, and Compliance Challenges
June 6, 2012
The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel and the staff of EDUCAUSE Data, Research, and Analytics have published the Top Ten IT Issues for 2012. According to an article published in EDUCAUSE Re…
- Building a 21st Century Digital Government
June 4, 2012
President Obama has issued a directive entitled “Building a 21 st Century Digital Government” that launches a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy. According to the directive: …
- Google and Apple and the Latest Privacy Concerns
March 16, 2012
In separate developments both Google and Apple are facing new privacy probes by the government. In Google’s case, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a European effort led by the Fre…
- Supreme Court Rules that a Warrant is Necessary for GPS Tracking
January 23, 2012
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday, January 23, 2012 that police must get a search warrant before they attach a GPS device to a suspect’s car. The decision, however, is also n…
- OMB Memo Urges Government to Leverage Externally-Issued Identity Credentials
January 4, 2012
A recent memo from the Federal CIO to the CIO's of Executive Departments and Agencies is welcome news to the advocates for federated identity management. The memo with the subject line…
- New FERPA Rules Promote Education Reform and Enable Increased Accountability and Transparency
December 14, 2011
The Revised Regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) were announced on December 2, 2011. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the changes in the rule…
- Status Update on Data Privacy Legislation
September 23, 2011
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved three bills on Thursday, September 22 nd aimed at setting national standards for security breaches involving personal data. The bills were the Pers…