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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
- 21st Century Technology and Business Practices to be Subject of FTC Privacy Roundtables
September 29, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced plans to hold three roundtables that will focus on consumer privacy issues. According to the announcement, the purpose of the series of round…
- A Fresh Look at FERPA
October 17, 2007
In light of recent incidents, and with another school year now under way, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of our obligations—and rights—under FERPA, the federal statute that governs th…
- Free EDUCAUSE Webcast 10/22/08 on Identity Theft Rules
October 8, 2008
New federal regulations to address identity theft go into effect November 1, 2008, and are likely to affect colleges and universities in nuanced ways. Compliance will require careful study and co…
- Defining Privacy â€” and Its Limits
January 1, 2007
"A student in a public university dormitory room had a "reasonable expectation of privacy" for his personal computer and its hard drive, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. Th…
- Are Online Targeted Advertising Practices Violating Wiretap Laws?
July 10, 2008
Released one day before the Senate Commerce Committee held its hearing on the privacy implications of online advertising, a new report says targeted ads may involve practices that violate state a…
- Policies & Guidelines: Privacy
January 1, 2004
These University and Blackboard-specific policies are relevant to Blackboard users because they speak to: Possible abuse of the system that could affect privacy and access, Rights of the authors of…
- Use & Disclosure of Individual Health Information for Research Purposes (HIPAA)
January 1, 2004
Use & Disclosure of Individual Health Information for Research Purposes (HIPAA)policy for the University of Minnesota. Use & Disclosure of Indi…
- Administration & Oversight for Protection of Individual Health Information (HIPAA)
January 1, 2004
Administration & Oversight for Protection of Individual Health Information (HIPAA)policy for the University of Minnesota. Administration & Over…
- FTC Extends the Childrenâ€™s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Comment Filing Deadline to Dec. 23, 2011
November 22, 2011
The FTC’s comment filing deadline has been pushed back to Dec. 23, 2011, for the proposed update to the COPPA rules. See: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/11/coppa.shtm I previously discussed…
- FTC Proposes Updated Rule for the Childrenâ€™s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) - Comment Filing Deadline is Nov. 28, 2011
November 14, 2011
COPPA gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids. If you operate a website designed for kids - or a website geared to a general audience, but it collects …