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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
- Anti-Terrorism Legislation and Campus Computing
January 1, 2001
As this text is being written, the U.S. Congress is debating anti-terrorism legislation that will authorize increased government surveillance of computer and network activity. What will be the impa…
- Making Soup Without Liquid: Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues Affecting Technology Decisions in Higher Education
January 1, 2001
John Oliver, a San Diego-based systems administrator, recently remarked that "any technical endeavor that ignores social aspects is doomed to failure. It's like making soup without liquid…
- 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. …
- FTC Workshop on "Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft"
November 12, 2007
On December 10 and 11, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop, “ Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft,” to explore the uses of Social Security numbers in the priv…
- HIPAA and FERPA (or Is Your HIPAA Eating Your FERPA?)
January 1, 2001
This presentation discusses the history of HIPAA and FERPA and the legal differences between them. This presentation discusses the history of HIPAA and…
- FTC Seeking Comments on SSN Use - Including Usage by Colleges and Universities
August 6, 2007
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it is seeking comments on the use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) in the private sector. This inquiry is in response to a recommendatio…
- GAO Releases Report on Data Breaches and Identity Theft
July 24, 2007
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a Report on Data Breaches that concludes while "breaches of sensitive information have occurred frequently and under widely varyin…
- Podcast: Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood
June 28, 2007
This 41 minute podcast features a speech from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference. The speech is by Jim Harper , Director of Information Policy Studies at The Cato Institute, and is titled, &q…
- Podcast:: Security Breaches and Identity Theft
June 26, 2007
In this 55 minute podcast, we present a general session from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference entitled, “ Security Breaches and Identity Theft ”. This is a panel discussion moderated by …
- Balancing “Safety” with “Freedom” in Aftermath of Virginia Tech Tragedy
June 19, 2007
In response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, President George W. Bush directed the secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education along with the A…