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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
- Privacy & Compliance: Better Safe Than Sorry
January 1, 2005
A brief description of current privacy and compliance and why it's important for higher ed institutions to stay involved. A brief description of c…
- A Framework for HIPAA IT Security Compliance: Leveraging for Security
December 7, 2004
This research bulletin describes a functional framework for higher education compliance with the HIPAA IT security final rule. The framework, which can be adapted for individual universities, inc…
- Leveraging IT Infrastructure for HIPAA Training
July 6, 2004
Faced with the challenge of quickly developing, delivering, tracking, and reporting customized HIPAA training for 17,000 workers and students, the University of Minnesota leveraged important piec…
- HIPAA Risk Assessment Inventory Workbook
January 1, 2004
This is a template for the UW-Madison HIPAA Risk Assessment Inventory workbook and the powerpoint presentation which steps through each sheet of the workbook. Also included is an FAQ.+ …
- Civil Privacy and National Security Legislation: A Three-Dimensional View
January 1, 2003
© 2003 Tracy Mitrano EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 38, no. 6 (November/December 2003): 52–62. Civil Privacy and National Security Legislation: A Three-Dimensional View Tracy Mitrano N…
- Life with HIPAA: A Primer for Higher Education
April 1, 2003
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) includes complex legislation that impacts higher education but was not specifically written with academic institutions in m…
January 1, 2005
An EDUCAUSE issue brief on privacy. Includes resources of significance for EDUCAUSE members. An EDUCAUSE issue brief on privacy. Includes resources of …
- HIPAA and Higher Education
January 1, 2001
The author discusses new proposals to the 1996 HIPAA act. The author discusses new proposals to the 1996 HIPAA act. …