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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
- The Use of Electronic Data Interchange under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
January 1, 1996
Among the many technologies that continue to transform our colleges and universities, one of the latest is electronic data interchange, or EDI. When used in the student records area, EDI allows ele…
- Obligation of Knowing: Ethics of Data Collection and Analytics
April 11, 2012
A session at the ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session
The use of analytics in higher education is a relatively new area of practice and research. As with any new area of practice, a variety of issues will emerge as field progresses. For analytics, i…
- 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…
- Living, Learning, Cyberspace: A Program-Wide Blogging Initiative for Virginia Tech's Honors Residential College
February 15, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting
How can the intimate, engaged experience of small-group learning be a template for a large research university? Virginia Tech's answer: a blogging platform that enables students and professors…
- 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…
- Workshop 04A - Shades of Gray: How FERPA, Copyright, and Other Legal Issues Impact Technology Use in the Classroom
January 19, 2010
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2010
When working with technology in a classroom-from assigned readings to student submissions-there are important legal issues many people have never considered. How does FERPA impact technology in the…
- 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…
- FERPA, Privacy, and Identity Management
February 6, 2009
As we expand our services, especially outside our institutions through vendors and other partners, how do we ensure continued compliance with FERPA and other privacy laws? In this session, an attor…
- E-Mail: In or Out?
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
E-mail is a critical yet expensive service to maintain. Students view it as a commodity and often criticize the functionality provided by in-house solutions. Hosted e-mail vendors offer free servic…
- The FTC as an Educational Partner in Improving Data Security and Privacy
May 7, 2008
The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic lives of most Americans. The current portfolio includes protecting consumers in the areas of data security and privacy, identi…