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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
- 'Blatant Copying' in Coursework
January 1, 2005
Examiners for British standardized tests are reporting increasingly obvious examples of cut-and-paste cheating on exams, a problem they attribute both to student behavior and to excessive help from…
- 'E-Mail Wiretapping' Prosecutions Could Increase in the Future
January 1, 2005
"A federal appeals court ruling in Boston last week on e-mail wiretapping is reverberating throughout the Internet communityâ€”and legal worldâ€”with a consensus emerging that there …
- 'Evil Twin' Fear for Wireless Net
January 1, 2005
Researchers at Britain's Cranfield University are warning users of wireless computing devices about bogus Wi-Fi access points that can steal personal information. The so-called evil twin hotsp…
- 'Follow the Money' and Other Unsolicited Advice for CIOs
January 1, 1999
Gregory Jackson, Associate Provost at the University of Chicago, offers advice to senior information technology administrators in higher education. Gre…
- 'Morphing' Community Colleges
April 7, 2009
With some offering bachelor's degrees and others building dorms or creating campuses for businesses, institutional leaders consider how to define missions and emphasize the associate degree.…
February 3, 2010
In a new book, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press), Adrian Johns details the long history of the term and its battles, arguing tha…
- 'Smart Computing' -- Orienting Your Students
January 1, 1999
The Office of Policy Development and Education participates in summer orientation to properly introduce students to proper use of information technology resources at the University of Michigan. Thi…
- 'Spam King' Ordered to Disable Spyware
January 1, 2004
A federal judge has issued a restraining order against notorious spammer Stanford Wallace, forcing him to disable spyware programs that secretly track users' actions and flood their computers …
- 'The World Is Open'
August 25, 2009
Author, Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, explains themes of new book about how technology and "open access" ideas are changing educ…
- 'Tuning' College Degrees
April 8, 2009
In experiment based on European model, three states will seek to agree on competencies and learning objectives needed for six fields of study, regardless of institution. …