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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
- Julius Litman
Sevis Sherpa Corps, Inc.
New City, New York
- FTC Guide: Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule
April 8, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule: A How-To Guide for Business .The Red Flags Rule requires many businesses and organizations …
- Ted Sherrill
Senior Director Security & Regulatory Compliance
- 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…
- Final FERPA Rules Announced by Department of Education
February 5, 2009
The U.S. Department of Education, through its Family Policy Compliance Office , has issued its Final Rules on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The rules cover a variety o…
- Identity Finder LLC and Carnegie Mellon University - Find and Protect Personal Information Before It's Too Late
May 6, 2008
A session at the Security 2008
It's estimated that the black market trafficking of stolen electronic identities will increase to $1.6 billion in 2010. Finding personal information is an increasingly complex problem due the …
- The Privacy Landscape in the Academy - Sponsored by Wimba
January 17, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2008
Privacy is a concept established by law and often embraced as part of institutional policies, academic values, or professional practice. Innovations in information technologies and changing cultura…
- E-Mail Archiving: All Things to All People
October 25, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Need to preserve selected records in accordance with your retention schedule, remove "old" e-mail from fast storage media, or keep a tamper-proof copy of all e-mail for legal compliance? …
- Jon Bartelson
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Free EDUCAUSE Webcast 10/22/08 on Identity Theft Rules
October 13, 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…