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Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on January 28, is an international effort centered on "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust". Visit the Data Privacy Day website for guest blogs, 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
- "The Right to Be Let Alone"
February 4, 2010
© 2010 Kent Wada. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa…
- 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…
- USA PATRIOT Act Back in the Spotlight, Again
September 24, 2009
Three provisions of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of this year have been the focus of recent hearings and intense policy debates. Critics were anxious to learn whether or not the Obama…
- Report Card Gives Obama Administration Mixed Reviews on Privacy and Security
September 22, 2009
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) released its Privacy Report Card for the Obama Administration with the following results: Consumer Privacy: Incomplete Medical Privac…
- Privacy Concerns About U.S. Database
November 19, 2008
College and student groups balk at proposal by Education Dept.â€™s inspector general to collect in a central database (and potentially share) massive amounts of personal information. …
- Insights on the Legal Landscape for Data Privacy in Higher Education
February 29, 2008
This opening address was presented at the University System of Maryland's Workshop on Data Privacy for Maryland Higher Education. This open…
- The Internet at Risk: The Need for Higher Education Advocacy
October 19, 2007
© 2007 James X. Dempsey. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE…
- FERPA Allows More Than You May Realize
August 7, 2007
"Recent campus incidents have highlighted the importance of effective communication among administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as between campus representatives and students, families…
- Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood
June 12, 2007
The advance of identification technology—biometrics, identity cards, surveillance, databases, dossiers—threatens privacy, civil liberties, and related human interests. In the wake of the terr…
- Warshak v. USA
June 26, 2007
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held unanimously that the Fourth Amendment applies to e-mail. When it comes to government searches, e-mail is analogous to a seale…