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January is Data Privacy Month
You know the importance of protecting personal identities and the effects social media can have on privacy, but does everyone on your campus? In 2013, during the month of January, EDUCAUSE expanded on Data Privacy Day to provide an entire month’s worth of activities and resources to help raise data privacy awareness. Visit the EDUCAUSE Data Privacy Month page for examples of campus activities, as well as archived recordings of several privacy-related webinars.
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.
Updated July 2013
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Privacy Law
- Security, Privacy and Policy: Special Expert Q&A Session
April 28, 2011
Listen to an informal Q&A session on today's theme of Security, Privacy and Policy. Listen to an informal Q&A session on today…
- IT Compliance Framework for Institutions of Higher Ed
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Institutions of higher education are increasingly expected to comply with various regulatory requirements specifically focused at data privacy and protection. Sometimes there could be overlap in ef…
- On the Edges of Policy Questions, Student Privacy, and Student Learning
May 17, 2012
A session at the Security Professionals Conference 2012
We all participate regularly in discussions of policy data, student learning data, and data privacy, yet it's difficult to bring the three domains together without conflict, as different prior…
- Building a Self-Audit, Advising, and Community Tool Using WordPress
March 30, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
Educational Technology used WordPress with the BuddyPress plug-in for rapid development of a self-audit tool for English majors that also implemented some community features via optional sharing of…
- Ferreting Out Sensitive Data
March 10, 2009
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2009
FERPA, HIPAA, and red flag rules: we're swimming in an alphabet soup of federal regulations related to information privacy and prevention of identity theft. Learn how MIT approached the proble…