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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
- Sloan-C, UPCEA, and WCET Send Letter to ED on State Authorization
June 26, 2014
In a June 13 letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and WICHE Cooperative for Ed…
- Department of Ed Releases Draft Regulatory Language on State Authorization
April 28, 2014
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the proposal drafted by an ED-appointed negotiated rulemaking committee that would require a higher education institution to have s…
- ED OIG Drops Tech Fixes for Identity Verification in Latest Report
March 21, 2014
Summary: In its latest report on financial aid fraud in distance education, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) dropped previously proposed technology-…
- ED and Higher Education Associations Look to Address Distance Education Regulations
March 20, 2014
On February 19, a 15-person negotiated rulemaking panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met to begin discussing a variety of issues concerning federal student aid regulations, …
- What We're Reading, April 2013
April 25, 2013
"The 3-D Printing Revolution: Dreams Made Real, One Layer at a Time," Rachel Ehrenberg, Science News 183 (5) (March 9, 2013) http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/348429/de…
- Latest State Authorization News from WCET
March 8, 2013
Friend of the blog, Russ Poulin of the WlCHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), recently posted a new blog entry on current and pending developments in state authorization r…
- Distance Ed Regulation Commissionâ€™s Work Continues
January 8, 2013
As highlighted before the holidays, in both a blog post and an EDUCAUSE Live! online presentation , the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education , chartered by t…
- What Might the For-Profit Sector's Problems Mean for All of Higher Ed?
August 3, 2012
Earlier this week, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin, held a press conference to announce the release of the committee’s report…
- The "Why" of the Senate Bill Affecting Pell Grants for Online Learners
July 13, 2012
In my comments pointing to Russ Poulin's blog on a Senate Appropriations bill provision that would eliminate living and personal expenses from the Pell Grant need calculation for ful…
- Sen. Bill Would Cut Living Expenses from Pell Grants for Online Learning Students
July 12, 2012
In a blog entry yesterday, WCET's Russ Poulin highlighted that the FY 2013 Senate appropriations bill covering federal education spending included a troubling provision that would exclud…