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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
- FBI Cans Controversial Surveillance Tool
January 1, 2005
According to two recent reports to Congress, the FBI has put an end to its electronic surveillance tool, known as Carnivore. Despite claims from federal officials that they need expanded access to …
- Federal Privacy Law
Federal Privacy Law True Data Privacy Month Data Priva…
- 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…
- FERPA Resources and Compliance--Family Policy Compliance Office
May 17, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) oversees instituitonal compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In addition to fie…
- FERPA Unconstitutional?
September 13, 2012
The executive director of a group that provides legal support and education for student journalists has posted an interesting analysis arguing that the Supreme Court's invalidation of the Me…
- 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…
- Foreign Students Hustle to Find New Academic Homes
January 1, 2005
Disruptions caused by Katrina put foreign students at risk of visa violations. Disruptions caused by Katrina put foreign students at risk of visa…
- 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…
- From Soup to Nuts: Copyright, Social Networking Technologies, and Electronic Surveillance
March 14, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
This session will survey a number of current issues of interest to research libraries such as developments in the digital copyright arena, the present and future of social networking technologies (…
- GAO lists SEVIS monitoring gaps
January 1, 2004
he General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a new report on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), noting several improvements but highlighting a number of outstanding probl…